Mikayla and Hope have never been able to ride a regular bicycle. Their feet would slip off the pedals. They always wanted to pedal backward instead of forward. They couldn’t overcome friction to make the bike go. And we were told that they would probably never be able to balance a bicycle. But I always hoped that someday I would see them ride a bike. And I did.
Last year I saw them ride an adaptive tricycle at Easter Seals. It was the moment I had waited for. But it was only a moment. I wanted to see them be able to ride their own bike at home. I told Brett that we needed to buy them a bike like the one at Easter Seals. I searched the internet and was shocked by what I found. $1200 for an adaptive bike. We would need $2400 for our girls to have a bike of their own. My dream for our girls to have their own bike seemed impossible.
In February my friend Francie sent us papers from an organization that gives adaptive bikes to those who need them. I filled out the papers and sent them in. At the beginning of March I took the girls to be measured so their bikes would be the right size. The exciting day finally arrived and we took the girls to pick up their new bicycles. I’m thankful that Francie sent me the papers. I’m thankful for the organization that supplied the bikes and for the people who made donations to purchase the bikes. I’m thankful for people who took time out of their Sunday afternoon to put the bikes together. All of these people working together made my dream for our girls come true.
Mikayla and Hope are 11 years old and they can finally ride a bike. It’s happened slower for them than most kids. Yes, we have to strap their feet to the pedal for them to ride. And they can’t ride without someone going with them. But they have their own bike and they can ride it. And that’s really all that matters.