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Meet Arlo

“First thing that comes to mind when I think of Arlo is he’s cheeky,” said dad, Chris.

Arlo is a 9-year-old boy who is full of life and loves being around his family. He enjoys swimming, watching his DVD’s and riding his special bike.

“Anything with wheels draws Arlo’s attention.

Arlo is living with Cerebral Palsy and significant speech delay along with balance issues which affected his chance of riding a regular bike.

“Learning to ride his bike was uncertain for us. We weren’t sure how far he would get into riding independently. Originally it took some time, but we persevered with it and eventually he was requesting to go out on his bike more and more.”

Prior to his new Freedom Wheels bike, Arlo had ridden another Freedom Wheels bike which was passed onto him by another family. However, as he grew older, the bike got smaller and uncomfortable for him.

“We knew he loved his Freedom Wheels so much, so we had to have another one. A larger version for him.”

Chris described the help from Freedom Wheels as extraordinary for Arlo and his family.

Chris said, “They were professional, compassionate and understood the needs of Arlo throughout the whole process.”

“The look on Arlo’s face when we visited Freedom Wheels and there were all these bike options to test was priceless.”

Seeing Arlo ride his new Freedom Wheels bike was an amazing moment for Chris.

He enjoys the experience of Freedom that bike riding provides. He still smiles when he gets on the bike to go for a ride!”

Chris was so thankful for Freedom Wheels and the commitment provided to ensure Arlo got the perfect bike. When asked what he would say to families looking for their own custom bike, Chris said, “We would highly recommend Freedom Wheels.”

“Freedom Wheels is a brilliant organisation which works hard to support families of children with special needs. They are very proactive in achieving good outcomes for each family. We felt Freedom Wheels were invested and working alongside us to secure our goal of a customised bike for Arlo.”

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