One Easter Seals Eastern PA consumer’s dream of having the ability to cruise the streets with her friends and siblings on her own set of wheels came true on Saturday, June 24th. The Pottstown Chapter of National AMBUCS, Inc. presented Maria with a brand new, red trike during the Pottstown Soap Box Derby.
The new trike came at no expense to Maria’s family, who were all on hand at the event. The trike was donated by the Pottstown branch of AMBUCS Inc. through its therapeutic tricycle company, AmTryke. Eater Seals Eastern PA nominated Maria to receive the trike knowing that she would benefit from the increased physical activity and the independence and freedom that riding brings.
Every year, the Pottstown AMBUCS raises funds to give away trykes to children and adults like Emily. The AMBUCS mission is to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities. Members support the AmTryke therapeutic tricycle program and Scholarships for Therapists along with performing various other forms of local community service. In March, the Pottstown Chapter of National AMBUCS, Inc. generously donated five brand new AmTrykes to Easter Seals Eastern PA for use in our outpatient therapy program in Reading. Our therapists use the trikes when providing physical therapy to children with low muscle tone or paralysis in lower extremities, and children with cerebral palsy who need to build up muscle tone and control. We now have five models that can accommodate children of different sizes and different physical needs. Two models have rotating handlebars and foot pedals that are connected to the same chain drive. This allows the rider to use their arms to help their legs in propelling the trike forward. Other models are propelled by foot pedals only. Our consumers and therapists can be seen using the trikes every day.
Pictured below is a sampling of images taken when Maria received her new trike. We wish her many years of happy cruising up and down the streets of her community.