Freedom Concepts bikes have affected us in a huge way. Itâ€™s really been a good piece of equipment for Waverly to keep in shape. In the spring, summer, and fall she rides her bike around the neighborhood with us, and then in the winter she keeps her bike at school to ride in the hallways. Itâ€™s FABULOUS!
Waverly has Rett Syndrome, and a lot of kids lose their mobility because of the condition. They have an even higher chance of losing their mobility if they arenâ€™t active, so our goal with Waverly is to keep her walking, running and moving her legs. Having the bike has really helped Waverly to increase the strength in her legs and core, keeping her strong and walking.
I feel so happy, because sheâ€™s so happy when sheâ€™s riding the bike. Sheâ€™s always got a big smile on her face and I get a feeling of joy seeing that. Itâ€™s also just nice to get out and do something as a family. My husband, son, and I like riding our bikes, so we felt that Waverly was really missing out on that. We would take her in the bike trailer, but we felt badly that she wasnâ€™t getting the exercise. Now, we can go out together and she can get the exercise on her bike.
I donâ€™t think there is any other brand of bike that would work for Waverly. She has tried some bikes that were kind of â€śsupped-up,â€ť but they were just regular bikes that were made to be a little more stable, and she wasnâ€™t able to get it peddling by herself. Because Waverly has a seizure disorder, her bike is made with straps around the chest and is very stable. That way, incase she does have a seizure or sheâ€™s having a weak day, sheâ€™s not going to fall off the bike and injure herself. Itâ€™s the only bike company that Iâ€™ve come across in North America that makes the bikes like that. The adjustable jogging handle was so much easier to maneuver than the other bikes. It really is nicely designed.
Itâ€™s such a worth-while investment, everyone weâ€™ve dealt with has been just great!
We were floored by how simple and convenient it was to set up a page for our daughter Savannah. Once she test rode one of the bikes we did not know how we could raise the funds. That is where Freedom Concepts Registry Page came in. We had all of the funds raised within 15 days (probably not typical) of sending out the email to friends and family. Because of Freedom Concepts’ help. Savannah will be able to ride a bike for the first time in her life. She will be 13 her next birthday and has asked how soon she can ride.
Our friends and relatives told us that donating was very easy to do. We also liked receiving the email addresses of those who donated after the funds were raised. This allowed Savannah to send thank you notes to all of the folks in her life that love her. Thanks again!
- Jeffery H.
“I want you to know that Tyler is thrilled with his BIG BLUE — My wife and I are amazed as to how quickly he adapted himself to using the bike. He spends an average 3 hours a day actually on the bike moving. He has noted that he feels he is losing weight already. In fact he has dedicated his weight loss in memory of Owen Hart!!!This is truly a blessing for him, he is proud of his bike and it allows him to participate with his friends on a more equal basis.
Cec and I want to thank you and Freedom Concepts for the flexibility you have shown in the funding, allowing us to acquire the bike in a relatively short time.
Once again we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your assistance.”
- Rick & Cec
You have given our son so much happiness, fun, pride, mobility, plus the biggest smiles ever.
Conor is an 8 years old boy. He is multi-handicap, 24 hour care, wheelchair bound; he can not stand or sit up on his own and has difficult head control.
When Conor was 4 our community had a fundraiser so that we could buy a wheelchair accessible van. The amount of help was over whelming. The town of Upton held a Conor Dugas Day. The day started with a pancake breakfast at the church followed by a 5k walk/run, then a big Texas BBQ with live bands and raffles. The amount of people was amazing, so many caring hearts showed there support for our family. The benefit for Conor raised enough money a van and a Discovery bike.
The Discovery bike has been the best therapist equipment we have ever used. It took conor about 3 to 4 weeks to get used to riding, but once his legs got sense of the motion, he rode great. Conor rides with us pushing and at times pedaling on his own. He rides for at least 1 hour everyday, when the weather is bad he rides in the house through rooms and around furniture what ever it takes. Since Conor’s been using the bike, his therapist and orthopedic doctors have noticed huge changes in his muscle tone and flexibility. We noticed shortly after getting the bike Conor was kicking his legs, trying to take steps, his muscles in his legs were getting stronger and bulking up, he didn’t look so frail. If you think about it, riding a bike makes so much sense it helps with muscle tone, bone density, circulation, respitory, digestion and it helps make the muscle rhythm brain connection. Exercise keeps you healthy. With a disabled child we need all the good health we can get.
Conor loves to ride his bike he smiles from ear to ear. When someone we know drives up, you can tell by Conor’s expression he is thinking: (Look at me! Look how cool I’ am! ). Even though he can’t talk you can see it in his face. Were a very active family and get out everyday sometimes twice a day. We push Conor on his bike in 5K benefits walks/runs and we ride on the trails in the state forest. This allows Conor to be a part of the activity with his family and friends, not just sitting in a chair. Buying a Freedom Concepts bike was the best decision we have made for Conor’s health and happiness.
- Heidi Dugas (mother of Conor)
“We just wanted to write you and tell you how much the boys loved their bikes. The whole neighbourhood was very impressed with them and the fact the boys were having so much fun. Dillon who has always been very apprehensive of riding a bike was at first backing away, but when his little brother got on his and took off Dillon got on his and had the time of his life. Dan and I expect to shed a few pounds trying to catch up with them. Seeing them have so much fun brought tears to our eyes. I just wanted to thank you for giving us the chance to see our children enjoy being like that of a normal four and six year old child. We took pictures of which we will be sure to send if they turn out… Again thanks.”