Dear Athletes Helping Athletes, My name is Joshua Pace. I am 6 years old. I like to handcycle. It is fun. I like to go fast. I do a good job and I feel good when I ride.
Thank you for helping me, Joshua Pace August, 2005
My name is Mrs. Jacqueline Crump-Pace. My husband is Mr. Eddie Pace Jr. and we have a son named Joshua Alexander Pace. Joshua is six years old and will be entering the first grade on July 19, 2005. He will be attending Veteran's Elementary School. My husband and I adopted Joshua when he was eight months old and thus began our introduction to many challenges of raising a child with a physical disability. Joshua was born premature and had numerous birth complications and surgeries. His first right leg amputation occured when he was four days old and a second surgery occured shortly after. He had two skin grafts during this time. On February 9, 2005, he had his third skin graft surgery and has been doing well in the healing process. Joshua received his first straight leg prosthetic leg at twelve months old and received his first bent prosthetic leg when he was three years old. Joshua has made phenomenal progress when you consider everything that he has had to face in his six years of life. Our family became involved with the Chula Vista Recreation Department Therapeutics Section in April, 2005. The director is Ms. Carmel Wilson. I began to take him to the Handcycling Program on Tuesdays and the Weheely Sports Program on Wednesdays. I am writing this letter to request a handcycle for our son. He is truly an amazing and energetic six year old child. He has learned to handcycle in a short amount of time and is able to master the challenging manueuvers on the handcycle. I bought him a roadster car last year, but Joshua has difficulty keeping his prosthetic leg on the pedal. When he is riding the handcycle, he does not have to worry about his leg falling off the pedal. He is successful and the joy that he shows in his face is priceless. This sport activity has helped him to continue to build his self-esteem and confidence. Sometimes it is difficult to find the right activities and/or sports for children with disabilities to participate in, and we are so appreciative and grateful for your organizations like yours, that help children with physical disabilities and their families find enjoyment in a sport program. Thank you for this opportunity to request a handcycle for our son, Joshua Alexander Pace, as he experiences joy and success in living a full and productive life.