16 year old Patrick Loncher now loves cycling! Born with Angelman’s Syndrome, Patrick has limitations that prevent him from cycling on his own. However Patrick’s father Kevin was determined to get he and Patrick riding. After a chance meeting between Kevin and Dr. Jack Sherrer, Dr. Sherrer suggested Pedaling for Kids get involved and help provide a suitable and safe bicycle.
The result was the purchase of a tandem recumbent bicycle that both Kevin and Patrick ride together. Ways were devised to keep Patrick’s hands on the steering wheel and his feet on the pedals and Kevin reports Patrick absolutely loves being out-of-doors and cycling. The bicycle not only provides an important new and stimulating social interaction between Patrick and his family, but it provides much needed physical activity and exercise for the still-growing teenager!
Kevin and Patrick sit on the new bicycle for the first time at the presentation.
The Loncher family: dad Kevin, sister Elizabeth, Patrick, and mom Kim
Sister Elizabeth and Patrick on his new bicycle
Dad and Patrick on the road!