Girl Scouts Take on Cerebral Palsy
A Girl Scouts Brownie troop in Fort Collins, Colorado, wanted to do something special for Tyler, a first grader with cerebral palsy. Together, eleven girls sold enough cookies to buy Tyler a CycleTote Special Needs bike trailer.
Full Inclusion Program
Fort Collin’s Poudre School District schools have a full inclusion program, which means that children with special needs are fully included in classroom instruction and in school activities. According to Ginger, one of the Brownie’s leader, “Tyler is a gregarious, fun, and warm 6 year old boy. The Scouts love to push him around school, play with him at recess, and help him whenever they can.”
Tyler’s dad, Adam, had casually mentioned that Tyler had fun riding in a special needs trailer at the Windsor Turkey Trot. Adam, who used to be a mountain and road bike rider until Tyler was born, is also excited about getting on a bike again. The CycleTote will give Tyler and Adam the freedom to ride together.
At CycleTote, we were delighted to be a part of the girl’s plan. Tyler and many of the girls live in our neighborhood. In fact, we pass Tyler and Ginger’s houses multiple times a day and purchased our share of cookies when the girls came to our door. Before the sale started, we took a trailer to the Brownies meeting so that they could see what they were working towards. Tyler was also there and was given his first chance to sit in the trailer.
Girl Scouts Present Trailer
Then last week, the girls presented the new trailer to Tyler and took a bike ride around our neighborhood park. Everyone was excited, especially Tyler who was beaming the entire time. We are very proud of all the girls and believe they gave a life-enriching gift to their classmate.
Originally published in 2014