Specialist trike gives Caitlin more independence

Twelve-year-old Caitlin Ross from Cannock, who suffers from Friedreich’s Ataxia, has been gifted a specialist Tomcat trike from Simon’s Heroes children’s charity, to give her more independence and allow her to enjoy recreational activities with family and friends.

Friedreich’s Ataxia is a rare, genetic, life limiting condition which affects Caitlin’s balance, coordination and mobility. She has also been diagnosed with scoliosis, where the spine twists and curves to the side, a result of her ataxia.

Caitlin uses crutches to help her get around, especially when she is at school.

‘We enjoy being outdoors as a family,’ her mum Emma explained. ‘Caitlin had been using an old bike which her stepdad had adapted for her but she had to stop using it due to her poor balance.

‘The Tomcat trike gives her independence and stability as well as much needed exercise, which will help strengthen her legs and aid her mobility. The bike is engineered for good posture, which will also help support her back.

‘Caitlin loves her Tomcat trike; it gives her so much more independence and family rides out are so much easier. Thanks so much to Simon’s Heroes.’

Author: C Abbott.



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