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Custom bicycles help children with special needs


A company that creates custom bicycles for children with special needs is helping some 10-year-old twins from Auburndale realize a dream.

Jordan and Jared Anderson have cerebral palsy, but they love riding bikes.

"I wanted to ride those bikes all my life and I finally got to ride one," Jordan told Newsline 9.

On Saturday, the Anderson family headed to Marshfield Clinic to try out some bicycles built by Freedom Concepts.

"Oh, it means a lot. It's very exciting in the summer to go out riding bikes with the boys. Right now, Jordan usually follows in his wheelchair so he misses out on all the fun," the boys' father, Dave Anderson said.

The adaptive bicycles help keep riders safe and build confidence.

"They really help us out," Jordan added.

Former Paralympian Joey Johnson helps promote the product. He said the bikes give children with special needs a confidence boost.

"For one, they look like bikes. They don't look like therapeutic devices. So if they're outside riding bikes with their friends, they fit in," he said.

But these bicycles aren't cheap. They range in price from around $2,000 to more than $5,000. Johnson said the group works to help find funding for families so they can afford the expense.

"Having these bikes helps them feel included, makes them feel special and who doesn't like riding a bike? Every kid deserves that chance," he added.

The twins' father said seeing his sons ride bikes together meant a lot.

"All kids, especially 10-year-old boys should have a bike to ride," he said.

Jared said he and his brother are more than excited to feel the wind in their hair. "This is a cool bike and it's going to help me get stronger."

Experts said the custom bikes help children get the exercise they need while also keeping their bodies safe and healthy.


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