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Boy with special needs can finally do something most people take for granted

Posted: 11:02 AM, Sep 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-20 15:02:36Z

A little boy can now experience something all kids enjoy doing — riding a bike.

Shortly after 4-year-old Jared Powell was adopted as a baby, his parents discovered he had cerebral palsy.

An activity like riding a bike was something he couldn't experience, until now. The North Ridgeville Kiwanis Club wanted to do something special for him, so they raised $1,000 through a spaghetti dinner in February to get a special bike.

"It’s all about the kids. That’s what Kiwanis is focused on and if you can take a kid like this and make him feel independent and make him feel like he’s part of the group, what better feeling is there than that?" asked Lee Fenrich, of the North Ridgeville Kiwanis Club.

Children with cerebral palsy can benefit from using Amtryke to help build muscle and give them the freedom to ride with other kids. The bike had to be custom-fitted. Jared got the bike last week.

"It gives him a lot of independence. He doesn't play with the other kids. He just wants to be a kid and something like this with a great organization comes together and helps out," said his parents Chad and Lisa Powell.