Dear Handcyle Friend, I would like a handcycle. I want to race my brother. I like to go fast. Thank you!
Your friend, Alex Moses September, 2005
Thank you for the opportunity to introduce one of our amazing sons to you and request a grant to provide him with the proper tool to compete with his brother in racing our new driveway. Last year, the telephone pioneers donated a hand-driven bicycle to Alex and he was thrilled, but it has proven to be very unsafe for his strong drive for speed! Alex began attending "Supersports" at Lakeshore in Birmingham, Alabama last year. He was thrilled to experience competitions with his peers with varying disabilities and has grown stronger physically and mentally with this experience. However, this was only one of many experiences for Alex. Alex "Olexandr" was born 8 years ago in the township area of Tulchyn in the country of Ukraine. At 3.5 months, he was hospitalized with meningoencephalitis (best translation we could derive) and left the hospital with minimal use of his lower extremities. At 2.5 years of age, he and his twin brother were placed in an orphanage because his maternal grandmother could no longer care for them following their mother's death. My husband and I learned of our twins in January 2003 and followed the Lord's lead in the 13 month journey of paperwork to bring them home to America via Alabama, arriving in February 2004. Alex is the highlight of his elementary school, zooming in his yellow wheelchair & chatting with anyone who will give him the time. He has amazed the school staff and anyone who meets him with his drive for speed and inability to allow barriers to stop him from anything that his peers are doing. We are very proud of how far he has come! Alex began practicing for wheelchair basketball this month and plans to join with others for track following the basketball season. He is very excited at the thought of a handcycle that will safely allow him to compete with his twin brother, Nicholas-who is deaf. Again, thank you for the opportunity to request such a special item for such a special child. If we have failed to answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.