Building bikes for unlikely riders

Volunteers put together special bikes at Turnstone for children with special needs.
Volunteers put together special bikes at Turnstone for children with special needs.
Volunteers put together special bikes at Turnstone for children with special needs.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Volunteers helped build several unique types of bikes this weekend at Turnstone, bikes that will go to children with special needs.

The bikes were provided by AMBUCS, a service organization in 28 states. Builders put together a total of 10 bikes that have special support seats and pedals that enable children to ride the bike.

Chanda Lichtsinn, Turnstone’s Pediatric Therapy Manager, called these bikes a blessing because without them, children might not be able to have a bike at all.

“These children would not be able to have a bicycle, like they wouldn’t be able to go to Walmart or another store and be able to pick up a bike because some them who are wheelchair bound aren’t able to ride most bicycles,” Lichtsinn said.

Each bike costs about $800 to $1,200. The volunteers spent about an hour and a half building each bike so that they would be finished in time for Christmas.

“Every kid should get a bike for Christmas, and this is just a special, special gift,” Lichtsinn said.

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