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 AmTryke delivered to lucky child at Northeast Rehab Hospital

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 AmTryke.

 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 Northeast Rehab Hospital at (603) 893-2900 for more information. 

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