Riley is 10 years old, and she is doing something amazing this year for Christmas. This is the letter her mom sent us.
My husband's birthday was October 31, and while we were researching bicycles for a gift, we saw an unbelievable video about how the owner of a St. Charles bike store made special modified bikes for kids with cerebral palsy. These bikes cost about $3500. The video moved Riley so much that she wrote a letter to everyone on our Christmas list and asked them to help her raise the money to give a child one of these bikes.
I have attached her letter - complete with little kid grammar and misspelled words. It is beautiful. At this point, she has raised $4830! She can buy one bike for sure, and most of a second bike. The owner of the bike store has a list of kids with physical disabilities who would very much like one of these modified bikes, but cannot afford one.
Riley is surprising the kid(s) and their families with the new bikes on Christmas Eve - she plans to show up at their house wearing a Santa hat to deliver the bike.
To donate to Riley's cause, and help make it an amazing Christmas for someone this year contact Tammy or Hal at (630) 762-9807. You can send your donation via check or money order, just write Riley's Bikes on the note. If you would like to donate with your credit card follow the link below and simply write Riley's Bikes in the designate line. Thank you for your support. Happy Holidays
Riley's Special Delivery 2010
The crew at Project Mobility got to feel a bit of what it is like to play Santa Claus on Christmas Eva as Riley began delivering the adaptive bikes. We had lots of help from friends and families trying to keep the surprises a secret. In addition to making sure all the families would be home at just the right time, we had to time it just right for the Chicago News crews to arrive also. The weather did not cooperate it was so cold, rainy and icy which made travel from Chicago take longer than usual so the times were all changed at the last minute. But amazingly we pulled it off. There was a caravan of the Project Mobility Crew, followed by Riley and her family, and the news crews. It was quite a site. Our first stop was in West Chicago, we made it up the icy driveway to surprise Ava. Then off to St. Charles to surprise Jenny then to Geneva to surprise Rose. There is nothing like the feeling of seeing the smiles and tears of joy as each child received their surprise from Riley and all of you who donated to make this happen. Rose’s brother could not have said it better; he told the news reporters that his little sister has always watched him ride his bike with his friends out the front window, now she can ride her bike too.
Because of the generosity of so many people all throughout the United States the donations came pouring in with a notation saying for Riley’s bikes. Riley’s goal was to raise enough money to get one child an adaptive bike for Christmas but she has surpassed that goal! 3 kids all got their own adaptive bike. Ever since Riley’s story aired on those Chicago News Stations and in newspapers from all over, many more donations came in. Riley now gets to choose 2 more kids to receive bikes. We can’t tell you who yet, we have to keep quiet to keep this a surprise, but check back soon and you can find out. As more donations come in then Riley will continue to surprise the so many deserving children waiting to see if Riley rings there doorbell!
Ava got an Invacare XLT hand-cycle. It allows her to use her hands to power and control the bicycle.
Jenny got a Freedom Concepts AS2000. It provides support and stability, as well as special pedals to allow her to ride successfully. In spite of the weather she immediately hopped on her new bicycle and took it for a spin.
Rosie got a Freedom Concepts DCP12 Mini. Its sized down and built just for her.