VOORHEES, NJ – Hope Miller was walking in front of a crowd with her precious little girl Rebekah to pick up her first bike. Rebekah, 6, has Down syndrome and this customized adaptive bike allows her to ride like any other child.
“I’m excited. That has never happened to us. I just enjoy it,” said Hope. Rebekah took a test ride around the room in the Vorhees Skate Zone at the Philadelphia Flyers Training Facility.
The Flyers alumni recently started a program called Every Child Deserves a Bike. The Philadelphia Warriors Veterans Hockey Club raised funds and donated to help cover the cost of the bike.
“She has to walk. She can’t walk right now because she was born with 1 pound, 10 ounces, so she has a lot of hurdles to overcome,” said Hope.
Rebekah entered a raffle run by the non-profit organization Help Hope Live to get the bike. They help families who are in a medical and / or financial crisis.
“Bicycles really help kids develop their muscles, and they’re specifically designed for kids’ strengths,” said Executive Director Kelly Green.
Now Rebekah, whose mother describes her as always happy, has another reason to smile.
“Watching a child with open eyes and having that feeling that we all had when we got our first bike. But it’s so much different for her. It’s physiotherapy, but it’s exciting and you become like everyone else, ”said Green.
The bikes cost between $ 5,000 and $ 7,000.
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