Variety of Manitoba

Allison is a delightful 15 year-old teen who was born with Choanael Atresia, with hearing loss in both ears, and eye defects, resulting in being both cognitively and physically disabled and delayed in development. Shortly thereafter, she was also diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome, which affects tissue in various organs in the body during development. Among the difficulties Allison faces are general weakening and frailty in movement.

Over the years, Allison has watched friends and siblings grow up and enjoy cycling, but she has never had the ability to share that experience. It is for this reason that Allison’s family requested funding for a specialized tricycle from Variety. This custom-fitted bike, designed and built locally in Winnipeg, offers her stability & strength, allowing her greater safety and freedom. Allison was not able to operate a normal bicycle without risk, and for this reason, she had missed out on family & friend bicycle outings. This specialized tricycle has allowed her to experience something most young teens take for granted – the thrill, exhilaration, and simple joy of riding a bike with family and friends!

“We can’t thank Variety enough for their gracious decision to donate the trike to Allison. In more ways than you could know, it has been a tremendous blessing.” said David, Allison’s Dad

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