Most kids receive their first tricycle or bicycle early on in life and it’s often a big milestone for them. It’s the mission of one local service club to make sure children with disabilities get the same opportunity.
The AMBUCS Club in Altoona provides custom-made tricycles called Amtrykes to riders who are unable to operate traditional bikes. On Tuesday, twelve-year-old Thomas Kleiner from Duncansville and Jacob Toth from East Freedom were the lucky recipients.
Thomas’s mother Kimberly believes the Amtryke will help increase the strength and mobility of her son’s muscles.
“Words can’t describe it. They really can’t. It’s just an amazing feeling knowing he’s going to have so much fun with this for the summer.”
Thomas, who’ll be 13 next month, was born with cerebral palsy.
A grant from the Nason Foundation covered the cost of the therapeutic tricycles.
Last year, the local AMBUCS Club gave out 24 Amtrykes. This year’s goal is 30.