I am eight years old. I want a hand cycle so I can go cycling with my neighbors and my family. Also, I want it so I can build up my upper body strength. Then I can school my sister Devin in basketball. I love handcyling.
From, Taryn Diedrich
Dear Athletes Helping Athletes,
Our daughter, Taryn, was born into our family eight years ago. Taryn suffers from a mosaic, congenital condition. She has a vascular tissue disorder that affected the right side of her body. Pertinent to her present health, she endured a spinal cord infarct at a year and a half. That episode left her a partial para. She is wheelchair bound. In addition, due to moderate heart failure as well as severe anemia and potential systemic infection, a hip disarticulation of her right leg was necessary at age three. Since the amputation, Taryn's health has greatly improved. In the past, she has spent much of her time following her older sister around to soccer games, volleyball games, and multiple basketball tournaments. She was blessed to have taken part in a wheelchair sports camp the last few years in Denver, Colorado. The camp has given her a chance to make good friends with children of similar physical ability. For one brief week each summer, ambulatory people are in the minority. Taryn's biggest interests in camp have been handcylcling and basketball. The first time she was in a handcycle, we had a difficult time getting her out. She took eleven laps around the high school track. That earned her a track and field award in camp that year. Taryn loves physical activity and has a desire to be just like her older sister an her friends. She is good modifying games and activities so she is able to take part also. Our goal is to raise an independent and healthy child. We believe that a handcylcle would help in that endeavor. Thank you or considering her for grant.