Adaptive tricycles are a great tool, but come at a high price

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Parents with children who have autism or cerebral palsy say adaptive tricycles are the answer to providing their kids with a normal life.

But there is one problem: Insurance doesn’t cover the cost.

One Southwest Florida company is helping out, giving the gift of fun to these kids.

Erick Garcia is one parent who is happy to see his daughter riding the adaptive tricycle.

“She is eight years old. She was born with cerebral palsy,” Garcia said. “Before, she had a walker. Now, she’s able to walk freely on her crutches.”

The adaptive tricycle has been key to getting her on her feet.

Jack Johannemann with “Save the Kid Fund” is helping provide these specialized bikes for kids.

“It puts tears in your eyes when you see their happiness and how much it means to them,” Johannemann said. “This is probably one of the most important things you do in your life.”

The bikes aren’t cheap. One alone could cost $1000 if they were paid for out of pocket.

Neither Medicaid nor private insurance pay for the devices, putting the burden on families like Garcia’s when medical expenses are already an issue.

Which is why folks like Bob Risch, with Grampy’s Charities are happy to help out.

“Giving back is good medicine for both people for both ways, the giver and the one you’re giving to,” Risch said.

Now, thousands of other kids are still waiting for help.

“It’s a shame. Some children really need it, and they don’t have all the benefits and privileges that normal parents have,” Garcia said.

Which is why this holiday season, he’s grateful his daughter will have the chance to ride like everyone else, thanks to some gracious individuals.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank partnered with Grampy’s Charities and Robbies Riders to make today’s donation of two new bikes possible.

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