‘It’s nice to see joy to his face:’ Donation brings excitement for local kids

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EDMOND, Okla. - Tom Hatcher is the first to admit it: He has been blessed in his life.

So he feels the need to give back to those who haven't had things as easy.

"If everyone could just help one other person in the world, it would be a whole lot better place," he said. "They got kind of a rough deal in life and anything we can do to make it a little more pleasant [we'll do]."

Mission accomplished.

Thirteen children with disabilities received specially-made tricycles that make it easier for them to exercise and simply enjoy being a kid.

"It's such a blessing for them to do this for us and for him to have his own bike," said Jamie Spangler, whose son Josh has Down syndrome. "He's excited to be able to get out into the streets with his brothers and sisters and do what they're doing."

Children with disabilities like Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other chromosome disorders sometimes struggle with muscle strength, which can make it difficult to pedal a bicycle.

Three-year-old Jude used his hands to help, riding around his new red AmTryke as his family smiled.

"He sees his big brother riding a bike and he asks every day: can I ride my bike?" his father said. "This will give him confidence more than anything. This is just an answer to all of those prayers of what's going to get him over the hump."

Families applied for the new tricycles, which the Edmond AMBUCS passed out. The group gifted 35 trikes last year and says it has a waiting list of 20 families, who want to see the same joy on their child's face.

"They see the bike, their whole face lights up," Hatcher said. "It's amazing!"

Amazing for families like the Spanglers who can finally see their children feel included.

"It's such a blessing for them to do this for us and for him to have his own bike," said Jamie Spangler. "He's excited to be able to get out into the streets with his brothers and sisters and do what they're doing. This just blesses our hearts to know that a company is taking the time out for this community and they're putting their resources to kids with special needs."