UPDATE FROM AIDAN’S FAMILY:
Aidan is still riding at least 4 days a week but not propelling it independently…yet. He is so close and enjoys riding his tricycle….look at his smile. Thank you! Please share this with all involved…..very special people in the world like you and your organization members that give so much for the children in Indiana make me hopeful and give me strength. Aidan is attending 3 Physical Therapy, 3 Occupational Therapy, 2 Speech therapies, therapeutic horse riding and pool therapy once a week on top of his activities home with us….riding tricycle, gait trainer, standing in a stander. Thank you seems so little for the help you have provided, I know God will repay you all so much more.
Four year old Aidan has diplegic cerebral palsy. He had a procedure in St. Louis in September of 2013 to try to alleviate some of his pain and now attends physical therapy 4 days a week. While in therapy in St. Louis, Aidan rode an adaptive tricycle which helped him physically as much as it did emotionally.
Aidan’s parents try to give their non-verbal son every chance they can to walk, and knew an adaptive tricycle was just the thing he needed at home. However, Aidan’s parents couldn’t afford the out of pocket expense, and insurance and other aid wasn’t available to help cover the costs.
HCCI was able to help Aidan and his family when no other alternative could be found. Aidan was given an adaptive tricycle and he looks like any other little boy riding his bike! He loves being pushed around the house on it and his family is confident that by spring he will be able to propel the tricycle himself. The adaptive tricycle has even been integrated into his therapy regimen four times a week. Aidan and his family are grateful that HCCI could help give Aidan this gift and a chance at walking when no other source could.
Fourteen year old C.J. is autistic. He is non-verbal and unable to express wants and needs, which led to some behavioral issues. However, during school and therapy, C.J. responded well to the use of an iPad to better communicate with those around him. His parents saw the positive impact this had, but were unable to afford an iPad for him at home. Although both parents worked, with three children and recurring medical bills, an iPad was simply outside of what they could afford. With some help from HCCI, C.J. now has the iPad he needs at home and is able to communicate what he wants and needs much more effectively!
Madison has Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome as well as Epilepsy. A special tricycle would help Madison physically develop, as well as allow her some independence and mobility. Madison is raised by her dad and step-mom, who are a blue collar, hard working family and despite best efforts, were unable to afford an adaptive tricycle.
HCCI was able to step in and help Madison get an adaptive tricycle, specifically fitted for her physical limitations. For the first time, Madison was able to go on a walk in her neighborhood with her family, just like any other kid her age.