Kiwanis Funds Specialized Bike for WR Student

Kiwanis Funds Specialized Bike for WR Student
Posted on 10/31/2018
Mandi HugginsWhen the mother of Mason Intermediate fourth grader Mandi Huggins shared a need for a specialized bike for Mandi to use outside of school, WR third grade teacher Kirstin Szczesny took note.

Szcesny reached out to the Mason Kiwanis about the need, who then came together with Cincinnati Kiwanis and Division 5 Kiwanis, to fully fund a therapy bike for Mandi.

"Mandi is on a development plan and having her own Amtryke to ride around this fall will provide her independence and mobility," shared Kiwanis member Amy Zimmerman. "It can also unlock learning in the brain in ways that cannot always been seen."

Riding brings Mandi such joy and she has a love for it, just like her grandfather.

Mandi’s mom, Susan Prater, shared that her own father had been competing in the time trials in cycling for the Olympics when he was involved in a devastating accident that left him disabled. Through his hope and perseverance, he was able to ride again and completed the Para Olympics in 1990.

A therapy bike for Mandi has been fully funded by the generous local Kiwanis. It was purchased through Greenebucs, a local chapter of Ambucs.

There was a celebration for the presentation of the bike to Mandi last month at Western Row.
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