Like a lot of kids, Cole Kubicza has always loved bikes, but he has a neuro-genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome that keeps him from being able to ride a regular bike. The nine-year-old’s condition has caused many different delays for him, his mom, Jennifer, explains that Cole is non-verbal, has sleep disturbances, and seizures, which make it hard for him to participate in a lot of activities other kids can do.
Being a fan of bikes, an adaptive bicycle would be a good solution for Cole, but they’re expensive. So his community of Cheshire, Connecticut rallied to support Cole and make his bike riding dreams come true by donating money to buy an adaptive bike for him. It allows Cole to ride and steer, while his parents can control the bike from behind without getting in his way.
Now the kid has his new set of wheels and has been getting used to riding around. Cole’s dad, Jim, says it’s a great way for him to release some energy. It allows him to “get some fresh air, rather than just be stuck inside with us,” he explains. “He has the freedom now to actually go on there.”