Sweet 5-year-old Lilly from Winston-Salem, NC lights up the room as she enters it. She loves to play hide and seek, shoot a basketball, and smile as she feels the wind in her hair while riding a swing. Lilly also enjoys sled rides, riding the tractor on her father’s farm, and playing with her 9-year-old brother, Grady.
Within the first two years of her life, Lilly had suffered a stroke and began having seizures. She now uses a stander, gait trainer, and posterior walker.
While at her therapy clinic, she trialed an adaptive bike and immediately loved it. The bike allowed her to ride safely, while also getting much-needed exercise. Her parents, who both work full-time, saw the opportunity to give their little girl more freedom and have her participate in more outdoor activities with them, but with private therapy twice a week for three years, multiple hospital bills, and doctor bills, it was a financial hardship for her family to afford an adaptive bike.
Variety of the United States used funds it had raised in North Carolina to fund the $3,600 bike, which will grow with Lilly for years to come. Her parents wrote us to say, “Lilly and her big brother Grady love riding their bikes together! Lilly is in heaven with her new pink bike from Variety. She loves it, especially the awesome horn. Thanks for making her 5th birthday and her summer awesome!!”