March 20, 2014
By Tara Cavanaugh
You can help a special needs student win an adaptive bike that’s perfectly suited to his needs. All you have to do is click!
Darrian is six years old and attends Haisley Elementary. He cannot communicate with words due to brain damage he suffered as an infant after contracting encephalitis. Doctors predicted that he wouldn’t be able to sit up, smile or walk, but Darrian has proved them wrong. According to his parents, Darrian is delighted to watch his older brother and younger sister on their bikes and would like a bike for himself too.
Darrian is participating in the Great Bike Giveaway, which is sponsored by The Friendship Circle Organization. The organization donates an adaptive bike each month to the child who receives the most votes. To support Darrian, you can simply visit this site and click.
The organization also accepts donations so that it can purchase more bikes. The more bikes it purchases, the more bikes it will give away each month. So far the organization is giving out 9 bikes this month, so the children who get the top 9 largest number of votes will get bikes.
“These bikes are pretty impressive,” Darrian’s dad, Troy Shaffer, said. “Some of them are worth up to $6,000.”
The bike Darrian is seeking is a triad, which is a tricycle with large, rugged tires and two break mechanisms. The triad provides back support and is able to be folded for transportation.
Darrian has until Tuesday, March 25 at 11:59 a.m. to get votes. Simply click on the green nomination button here.