My daughter, Taylor Horsch, was born on November 28th of 2003 in San Diego California. In the spring of 2009 she was in an automobile accident where the driver had fallen asleep, and the car rolled several times. After three months in the hospital she finally came home in a wheelchair. She is paralyzed from the chest down but has full mobility of her arms, and kept her energetic spirit. Before she came home I was already looking for active outdoor activities for her to participate in. She is six years old so that can be hard to find programs for her age. She has played in a wheelchair rugby league and unofficially races her regular wheelchair whenever she can.
The first time that she was able to try a handcycle was at her physical therapy, and had a blast. The handcycle has become her reward at the end of a good therapy session. She is very athletic and has good hand eye coordination, adapting to her wheelchair very quickly. I thougth that she seemed to manage the handcycle quite well. Too young to truly recognize the aerobic benefits, handcycling will be viewed as playing. Being able to ride up and down the boardwalk with family and friends would be good for her physically, socially, and mentally.
The consideration of her application is greatly appreciated.