Electrical Bike Applied sciences Donates Liberty Trikes to Kids With SMA
To assist youngsters with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) achieve mobility and independence, Electric Bike Technologies (EBT) is donating 10 Liberty Trikes — and plans to double that reward subsequent yr.
The Liberty Trike is a folding and active-mobility tricycle that can be utilized by youngsters with SMA and related bodily challenges.
The electrical tricycle provides a variety of impartial mobility that may appear elusive within the conventional medical mobility gadget area, the corporate mentioned. The 750-watt Liberty Trikes have a high velocity of 12 miles per hour and a variety of eight to twenty miles. They’re touted by Forbes as a “hipper mobility scooter” that significantly assist people with restricted mobility.
“Youngsters with SMA deserve a greater mobility choice,” Jason Kraft, CEO of Electrical Bike Applied sciences, mentioned in a press release. “And their mother and father, that give all the things to make their youngsters’s lives higher, may use a little bit assist.”
EBT’s choice to donate was sparked by an e-mail to the corporate final yr from Kimberly Heinrich, whose 11-year-old daughter, Allison, has SMA. Heinrich was looking for recommendation on what trike may assist Allison get exercise and take part in household bike rides.
In that e-mail, “Kim mentioned, ‘She must ‘use it’ or she’ll lose it… it’s the motto of those youngsters making an attempt to keep up mobility and freedom in opposition to a merciless illness. This isn’t simply train however social fairness, that she issues simply as a lot as her brothers and different friends.’”
Heinrich’s e-mail concluded: “I’ll do all the things I can to assist make it occur for her.”
Every week after the correspondence, in line with Kraft, Heinrich and her daughter have been in EBT’s warehouse close to Philadelphia so Allison may take a take a look at experience.
“I’ve by no means seen anybody take to any of our electrical trikes the way in which Allison took to the Liberty Trike,” Kraft mentioned. “I used to be moved by Allison however one thing hit me like a ton of bricks that day. I’ve three youngsters near Allison’s age and it was crystal clear that Kim would sacrifice something to enhance Allison’s high quality of life. At that second, I knew we weren’t solely going to assist Allison, however we have been going to assist Kim too.”
EBT has enlisted Heinrich to assist choose this yr’s Liberty Trike recipients. She’s chosen 4 households thus far, in line with Heinrich, and in addition has agreed to assist with subsequent yr’s donations.
The Liberty Trike is offered straight by the corporate at a price of $1,498, in line with EBT’s web site.
SMA impacts as many as 10,000 to 25,000 youngsters and adults within the U.S., in line with the SMA Basis.