Finding a fun form of exercise
"He's physically limited with self-care. He needs assistance with that," says Brandon's mother, Dorothy. "But he's a very happy guy when he's biking."
He was maybe his happiest when he got to bike alongside his sisters, something that could not have happened without the new three-wheeler.
"I felt good. I thought I made a milestone," says Brandon. "I pedal out along my laneway and back in again. It stretches my legs and gives me exercise and it's fun."
Exercise as a form of therapy
Brandon is now regularly supplementing his therapy with a more agreeable form of exercise.
"With the bike it's great because we have to do very aggressive stretching on his hamstrings," explains Dorothy. "When he's biking he's getting a good stretch in the hamstrings but it's fun for him."
Generosity helps end search for bike
The family had spent several years looking for the right bike and once they found it, they were thrilled with the news that funds raised by students and schools taking part in the Rick Hansen School Program were going to make the purchase possible.
"We're very grateful. It was wonderful, we couldn't believe it," says Dorothy. "It's wonderful that students can care about others and want to help where they can."
If your school wants to make a positive difference in the life of a young person with a disability, check out our Abilities In Motion program in your resource box.