My name is Daniel Lemmer and I am 15 years old. I was born with the birth defect Spina Bifida. I have participated through the Cleveland Metroparks with Handcycling. I also participate in the sport of sled hockey. I play for the Cleveland Mighty Barons and the Mid-American Eagles. I just went to the National Sled Hockey Development Camp. The coaches said I need to work on my strength and one of them suggested I get a handcycle to help with my upper body strength. So, getting a grant to get a handcycle would mean so much to me. I have a dream of going on bike rides with my friends and family, but have not been able to because I do not have a handcycle. I would also be able to go places that would take too long to go in my wheelchair.
Dear Athletes Helping Athletes,
I am a mom of a son who is 15 year old. He was born with Spina Bifida. My son is a very sports minded person. He enjoys playing all sports. He plays sled hockey for the Cleveland Mighty Barons and Mid-American Eagles. He has been playing for five years. He was recently accepted to the Sled Hockey Player Development Camp in Rochester, New York. Daniel was trained by five Paralympics players from Team USA. He was told that a handcycle would be a good way of building strength in his upper body. I would really appreciate it if you could help him with this. I feel that this would enable him to be more independent and be able to socialize with his peers. He really likes to stay active and I know if he gets this handcycle he would be out riding it all the time. Dan's dream is to be on the USA Sled Hockey team one day.