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AmTryke delivered to lucky child at Northeast Rehab
Many children ask for a shiny, new bicycle
over the holidays or for their birthday. For some
children, physical challenges limit their ability to ride a
bicycle like their family and friends. The AmTryke offers
these children the opportunity to pedal around like their peers.
Today, at Northeast Rehab
Hospital in Salem, NH – a
lucky girl was the recipient of her own new AmTryke!
Chelsea Mannion thought she was coming to Northeast Rehab for a
visit with her therapist, Kristen Tortora. Instead she was
surprised with her new AmTryke. Chelsea, 13, from
Salem, had ridden one of the AmTrykes
during her therapy at Northeast Rehab and loved the freedom it
offered. Her therapist, Kristen and her mom, Lisa, loved
how it helped her build her strength back up after an injury.
“After riding the AmTryke, she really wanted a bike of her own,”
said her mom.
AmTrykes are specially fitted tricycles for
children of all ages and abilities. Each child (or adult)
who is interested in an AmTryke must be evaluated by a therapist
who is specially trained by the manufacturer to match the needs
of the child with the adaptations available for each tryke.
Northeast Rehab is the regional demo site for these trykes, with
the next closest site being in Burlington, VT.
As you can imagine, these
special tricycles are quite expensive and can cost up to $1000.
Children who would like a tryke are added to a wish list, and as
donated funds become available the children receive their
On hand to present the bicycle
was Kathy Pierce and two of her colleagues from Southern New
Hampshire Medical Center. Kathy is excited about the
generosity of the staff of the Rehab Services department, the
planning and communication department, and the Center for
Quality and Safety department. These departments raised enough
money to give away two AmTrykes. “It was great to see how happy Chelsea was to receive her
bike,” commented Kathy.
After taking a test ride
through the halls at Northeast Rehab, Chelsea was anxious to go home and call her
friends and ask them to go for a bike ride, even with the frigid
temperatures today! She was all smiles as her dad, Dennis,
loaded the bike into the car and they finally headed home.
People interested in receiving
an AmTryke or in making a donation for a child to receive a
tryke can contact
Hospital at (603) 893-2900 for more
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