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Family and friends of Raechel Carrico are uniting to raise money to help get a tricycle for her special needs. Please show her your support!

Meet Raechel! She's the cutest, nicest 9 year old girl you could ever meet! She was born three months premature and as a result, she suffers from Cerebral Palsy. Raechel can't walk, but she doesn't let that stop her! She loves playing with her friends, reading and eating anything with cheese! In the summer time, Raechel loves playing outside with her sisters and friends. She can't always do everything that her friends can do, but usually she can find a way to participate in almost any activity.

Riding a Bike is an activity that every kid enjoys and Raechel wants to ride a bike more than anything this summer! Since Raechel doesn't have the strength and balance that most ambulatory children have, she has a difficult time sitting upright in a seat and balancing on a normal bike is impossible.

We've contacted a great company called Creative Mobility that specializes in adaptive bicycles and tricycles for children with special needs. Creative Mobility was started by an incredible man named Hal Honeyman when he wanted to help his own child with cerebral palsy just like Raechel.

Hal met with Raechel and measured and fitted her for an adaptive tricycle. The tricycle that best suited her specific needs is called the Freedom Concepts DCP12. It's a great tricycle that offers her the support she needs to sit up properly, large footplates that securely strap in her feet, and a special rear steering attachment with a break so that we can help her get around if need be. Raechel was able to take it for a test drive and she had such a blast that she didn't want to leave the store!

Recently Raechel has undergone a hamstring lengthening procedure at Shriners Hospital For Children in Chicago to help reduce the tightness and spasticity in her legs. She also attends physical and occupational therapy sessions several times a week. In addition to therapy, riding a bike will be a great activity for Raechel. Among other things, it will help her learn to balance herself and help her gain strength in her legs; both things that could bring her closer to being able to walk.

An adaptive tricycle is something that could offer huge benefits (and be a lot of fun) for Raechel. Unfortunately this is not something that medical insurance will cover. The Freedom Concepts DCP12 is $4100 after adding all of the features that Raechel will need. We would greatly appreciate any contribution you can make. All it takes is for 100 people give $41! Or for 41 people to give $100 dollars! Or for 4100 people to give $1. We greatly appreciate donations of any amount, it would mean a lot to Raechel!

Thank you all very much! It means a lot to Raechel!
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