Rodeo donates AmTrykes to disabled children, veterans

Updated: Mar. 31, 2017 at 10:36 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - For a child or disabled adult, this specialized bike can make all the difference in the world.

"It provides them the opportunity to get out there and go and do, you know, and not having to be left out from something that everybody else does," said Scott Peterson, 2017 Chairman for the ABC Rodeo.

It's called an AmTryke, and it's specially designed to be driven by your hands or propelled. But, they don't come cheap - most run between $600 and $900, meaning most families can't afford them.

So, the rodeo and AMBUCS raise money to purchase a few each year.

"You know they just want to be a part, and we really appreciate the opportunity to give them a chance to," said Peterson.

Over all these years they've given away more than a hundred trykes, and they say it's not just about the joy on the rider's face, but those around them.

"The way that they smile, that they're going to be able to play with brother or sister, and everybody's going to be able to work on the same page, it's a neat feeling, because it changes the whole dynamic of the family being able to be together. When you can see that one difference you made on that night, it's really special."

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