Variety of the Desert

Josh was born 3 months premature, and weighed 1 lb. 15 oz.

At birth, he was kicking and screaming, but too tiny to hold his own for long.

Two months and 2 surgeries later he went home weighing 3 pounds. Over the next 3 years Josh’s family learned that he was hard of hearing, had some eye issues and was also diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

He started walking when he was 3 and when he walked he stood high on his toes. Several more surgeries later over the next 4 years helped, but then he no longer responded.


In 2011, he underwent surgery to extend the tendons with good results. Yet with all this, riding a bike was something he could not do. The coordination was very difficult for him. He tried a regular bike but the training wheels always broke. He longed to ride with his sister, but could only play on his scooter.

A friend told the family that Variety- the Children’s Charity of the Desert might be able to help.

You can imagine his joy, when Josh was told he would be receiving an adaptive bike the day after his 12th birthday.

Josh’s mother, Renia, said “It was wonderful to see Josh take off on the bike. No struggle. No slipping. The boy could FLY! I grabbed my phone to record the moment and sent it to my husband at work.” Josh’s father, responded, “thanks for making me cry at work!”

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