Hunter received his first bike in 2007. Hunter rarely road his bike the first years. It took both Mom and Dad to get Hunter ready and put him on the bike. It took all our strength to push as hard as we could to get his stiff little legs to turn with the bike pedals. We would come home exhausted. He would lock up his legs (we called it 'skidding his bike' like all little boys like to do - only he was truely locking his legs.) He would be unable to keep his hands on the bar (He would twist his arms inward so tightly that Mom took one wrist and Dad took the other to keep them straight). Hunter's upper body would twist (Mom and Dad would both hold one shoulder to keep Hunter in midline as they held a wrist). Hunter rode his bike approximtely six times a year. Hunter had fun but Mom and Dad were unable to help Hunter.
Then Hunter began to so stem cells. After returning from China in 2011, Hunter and Mom were experiencing jet lag. They were up at 4 AM Houston time. So Mom randomly got Hunter ready to ride his bike. For the first time she was able to get Hunter on his bike by herself. Hunter and Mom went on their first solo bike ride around the neighborhood pond. And the ride was FUN! So much fun that they repeated this routein every morning for the entire summer!
Every since that ride Hunter has improved. Hunter to date has received 24 stem cell transplants. He has increased his bike abilities. He no longer 'skids - or locks his legs', he is able to ride around the pond twice which is 2 miles, he is holding each arm with equal strength and by himself, and we are working towards independant stearing.
Hunter's bike form 2007 is held together with rust and prayers. Before every ride we have to tighten screws to be sure the bike is safe. There is a tool box that goes on every ride with us just in case a repair needs to be done during the ride. The new bike will also hava feature that the old bike doesn't have and that is to teach Hunter how to stear. Mom or Dad will be able to stear the new bike safely from behind allowing Hunter to stear all by himself. This is the next step towards independance and self esteme.andaterrarhe first years Hunter had h onis bik
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