By Paige Takeya
Four-year-old Avalon Pirrone always dreamed of riding a bike with her older sister and friends. But because Avalon has cerebral palsy, regular tricycles are too difficult for her to use.
“She slid off, was not able to keep her feet on the pedals or was not able to hold her core weight long enough to actually pedal,” explained mother Angela Pirrone. “We began to think riding a bike wouldn’t be a reality for a very long time, if at all.”
But that was before the Pirrone family was introduced to Imua Kakou Trykes, a chapter of National AMBUCS Inc., an organization that promotes mobility for those with physical or cognitive disabilities.
“The ability to ride a bike independently does more than facilitate mobility,” said Imua Kakou Trykes president Karen Stone. “It gives the opportunity for these keiki to participate in a ‘normal’ childhood activity, alongside brothers, sisters and friends.” Stone and Sandie Wood founded the local chapter last spring after visiting the Mainland and meeting with AMBUCS representatives.
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