Pennsylvania organization hopes to change boy’s life with new bike
RADNOR, Pa. – A Radnor organization recently changed the life of a little boy with cerebral palsy.
Five-year-old Carl struggled with cerebral palsy for most of his life. Carl has had several head-to-leg surgeries, but his life was recently changed by a brand new bike.
“Eventually he will start to walk, but from now on this bike is like him walking, him running, him being with the kids and participating in activities, so I think that’s great,” said the mother of Carl, Crystal Pelo.
Although the bike is necessary for Carl’s muscles to get the therapy they need, the $6,000 bike isn’t covered by insurance. This is where the organization “Help Hope Live” came in.
The non-profit organization is dedicated to raising money for medical bills to help families, like Carl’s. Over the past 40 years, the organization has raised over $165 million to change the lives of people in need of financial assistance.
Every child deserves a bike,” said Kelly Green, executive director of Help Hope Live. “Remember when you were a kid, and you just got on your bike, and it was freedom and independence. It was like the world opened up to you.”
Now Carl has that freedom. His new bike gave him a free and happy childhood as he can now ride alongside his two older siblings.
Donations to Help Hope Live are tax-deductible, allowing the organization to directly pay medical bills, in the hope that people can focus on treatment and recovery. Cancer patients, transplant recipients and people who have suffered spinal cord injuries are among the grateful people whose lives have been changed by Help Hope Live.
Anyone with a life-threatening illness, injury or disability can seek help on the Help Hope Live website. www.helphopelive.org.