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Tyler’s Freedom Wheels

Posted on 29th May 2018

“Tyler is 6 years old, he’s a happy, strong-willed boy who loves bikes,” says mum Sarah.

Tyler has been diagnosed with global development delay and a mild intellectual disorder which has affected his speech and motor skills.

Tyler had tried riding a standard bike but the wobbly training wheels made him feel scared, he was unable to keep his feet on the pedals and the experience was upsetting for Tyler. Sarah was worried, she didn’t think it would be possible for Tyler to manage a standard bike but he was so keen on riding.

Sarah saw a post about Freedom Wheels on Facebook and decided to make an appointment with TAD’s therapist to see if a custom bike would work for Tyler.

Tyler was so excited to ride the Freedom Wheels bike, he felt safe and supported, he didn’t want stop. Sarah said, “ I thought I’d never see him on a real bike but he was so relaxed and happy, it was amazing!”

The Lions of District 01N2 generously assisted with funding Tyler’s Freedom Wheels bike. The day it arrived they went straight to the bike track. “The next day Tyler was pedaling by himself, he literally changed overnight. Every day he wakes up and asks if we can go riding,” said Sarah.

Tyler’s little brother is two years old and likes to ride his balance bike. The brothers are interested in similar things and now Tyler has his Freedom Wheels bike they are able to play together outdoors, said Sarah.

When asked what she would say to other parents considering Freedom Wheels Sarah replied, “Just go for it! Everyone is so supportive with helping out and getting the ball rolling. It’s so great to see your child riding a bike for the first time!”

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