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Bobby Tiesler

Bobby Tiesler

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Bobby Tiesler, and I have a T5 level spinal cord injury. I am writing to you today to ask if you will build me a handcycle. I am 16 and I am currently a student with a part time job. During the school year, I am way too busy with school and work that I don't have time to go to the gym. When I do go to the gym I find that, there are not machines I can get into. I need something at my house that can help me stay active exercising. Please help me out.

Bobby Tiesler

Dear Athletes Helping Athletes,

Let me introduce myself, my name is Colleen Tiesler and I am writing this letter on behalf of my son Bobby. Bobby was injured on May 18, 2004 at the age of 14. He sustained a spinal cord injury and is now a T5-T6 level of injury. Before he was injured, Bobby enjoyed all types of sports, but his favorites were motocross and soccer. He especially excelled at motocross and was one of the top ten riders in the country, for his age group. He has always had a need for speed.

Since his injury, his father and I have been constantly looking for new sports activities. We have tried many things, but nothing caught his interest. So, we just didn't push the issue anymore. We were hoping that one day something would catch his interest. One Saturday we were at Shriners in Tampa and a friend had a handcycle in his truck. His friend asked Bobby to take it for a ride and Bobby was hesitant at first, but finally he got on. About two hours later, we had to pry Bobby out of the handcycle. He said the words we have been waiting to hear, 'Boy that is Awesome!' Since then we have been meeting his friend so that Bobby may ride his handcycle.

Now we think it is time for Bobby to have his own, but unfortunately, we are unable to get this for him. This is where I am hoping that Athletes Helping Athletes will be able to help. Bobby has that need for speed and this is the right sport for him. In addition, the physical therapy and fitness he could gain would be extremely good. So, if there is anything you can do for Bobby, we would really appreciate it.

Thank you in advance for your consideration on this issue.

Colleen Tiesler

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