Avon Community's Generosity Helps Teen with Cerebral Palsy Get Special Bike

Avon Community's Generosity Helps Teen with Cerebral Palsy Get Special Bike

By Michael Sangiacomo

Doing the right thing can have unexpected rewards, even when it follows a convoluted path.

Avon City Councilman Dennis McBride and his wife, Michelle, learned there’s no shortage of generous people in the Avon area who came through not once, but several times to help their 15-year-old son Jack, who has cerebral palsy.

After a few false starts, Jack will get a $5,000 custom-designed bicycle in a few weeks that will stretch his tendons, exercise his muscles and help his condition — thanks to the generosity of an Avon family.

But getting there wasn’t easy. One donor even reneged on his offer.

“Jack outgrew his bicycle. He used to ride it all over the neighborhood, visiting with people and playing with local dogs,” said Michelle.

“We could not really afford a new one. There is a wonderful place called Matthew’s Lending Library in Lakewood that gives long-term loans of wheelchairs and exercise bikes and equipment to people with disabilities. We applied for a bike for Jack, but were told it would be a long wait.”

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