Kailea receives an adaptive tandem tricycle!
December 2013- Kailea received an amazing adaptive tandem tricycle. Through the collaboration of Helping from Heaven, One Step Closer, and Wheelchairs 4 Kids, Kailea got her dream bike! And, thank you to Wheelchairs 4 Kids’ anonymous sponsor for making this dream possible for Kailea and her family. Kailea’s mom expressed their gratitude by saying, “I truly am overwhelmed by such incredible generosity. I’m still dumbfounded that, after years of assuming biking would not be part of our lives, again, we were chosen to receive this insanely, schmancey, wonderful, soooooooooo easy-to-ride, piece of equipment.”
Prior to delivery, Kailea was able to ride the tandem bike during her physical therapy sessions and absolutely loved it! It was her therapist’s and mother’s goal to use the therapeutic tandem bike outside of physical therapy sessions by getting a bike of their own. Now, Kailea is able to work on her strength and stamina while enjoying the outdoors with her mom.
Kailea is a sweet and loving eight-year-old girl who has an intractable power to conquer her various disabilities. Kailea lives with Hypotonic Cerebral Palsy and Mitochondrial Dysfunction along with hearing, speech and vision impairments. Kailea’s metabolism is deficient and stores waste products in her body instead of producing energy for her body to thrive. This results in frequent pain, muscle weakness and fatigue.
Despite Kailea’s devastating list of struggles, she has one crucial element which allows her to conquer all, her strength. Kailea has an amazingly positive outlook on life and has learned to successfully communicate through sign language. Furthermore, Kailea loves life! She and her family love taking excursions and when able they love participating in activities outside of the home. Although Kailea is unable to partake in many of the activities her peers do, she now has the ability to take a bike ride with the help of another by riding a tandem bike.