Therapy Oriented Trike Project for kids with special needs

Connie Hankins - Therapy Oriented Trike Project for kids with special needs

submitted by Kim Flanagan from Naperville, IL on Sep 27, 2011

Connie Hankins of Naperville has been building and modifying trikes for children with special needs since 1996 when she got involved with the Pioneers, her husband's retirement organization. They had a tricycle project that appealed to Connie because of her background as a retired Registered Nurse and her love of children. Since then, around 70 children a year have benefited from receiving a free tricycle; nearly 1000 children to date. This year, because of publicity from People Magazine, The Daily Herald, and Diane Sawyer's World News on ABC, 145 orders from all over the U.S. have been received. Many of the children cannot pedal a regular trike, so special back supports with safety belts, and foot containments that hold their feet on the pedals are added to each trike; along with upright handlebars if needed. This is a very fulfilling and worthwhile project because of the impact it has on the children's lives. It gives them excellent therapy, freedom, and ultimately sheer joy.

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