Kaceyn Terry, 7, was awarded with a stylish new bike for the third Bikes for Kids giveaway. Last June, Kaceyn was diagnosed with type one diabetes. Since then, things have been dramatically different emotionally, physically, and financially for Kaceyn and her family. She has always loved riding her bike. However, her bike recently broke, plus she has outgrown it. According to her mother, Kaceyn is not into sports much, so riding a bike is her primary form of exercise, which she needs a lot of to help regulate her blood sugar. “She is the strongest seven-year-old I know!” says Kaceyn’s mother, Megan, “Of course we have our moments, but 95% of the time she is positive and does not let her diabetes stop her…She is my hero. She keeps me positive because I know it is hard for her to endure the things she does as an adult, let alone being seven.”
Kaceyn and her family also participate in events put on by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). At the JDRF One Walk, Kaceyn’s friend and family put together a team and raised almost $800 to donate. Kaceyn also talks to her fellow second-graders about type one diabetes and the importance of staying heathy and active. Kaceyn’s strength, positivity, and need for a bike made her a perfect candidate for Bikes for Kids.
Kaceyn was ecstatic to hop on her new bike at Midwest Cyclery! After receiving her bike, Kaceyn, her brother, and her mother went straight to the park to try it out. “This is the best day ever,” said Kaceyn to her mother. It always warms our hearts here at KCAIA when we have the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life.
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The Bikes for Kids program provides one bicycle to a deserving child each week of summer, until late September. Bikes for Kids is asking parents, teachers, caregivers, and loved ones to recognize a child who has made a difference in the life of someone else by nominating them to receive a free bicycle from Midwest Cyclery, compliments of KCAIA. Midwest Cyclery will be donating a helmet and a lock to each winner.
While there are no specific guidelines on what makes a nominee deserving of a new bike, we encourage nominators to think about any kind things that the child has done for others, or how the child has positively impacted his or her family, friends, community, or classroom. To nominate a child in your life, visit www.BikesforKidsKC.com.