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Special needs bike presented to child by Ottawa Rotary club

Ottawa Noon Rotary representative presenting a customized bike to Ally in Ottawa last month.
Ottawa Noon Rotary representative presenting a customized bike to Ally in Ottawa last month.

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Noon Rotary along with Interstate 80 AMBUCS presented a therapeutic bike to a special needs child July 27.

Ally is a 6-year-old girl from Ottawa diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, according to a news release from the Rotary club. CP is characterized by abnormal muscle tone, reflexes or motor development and coordination.

The Ottawa Noon Rotary was presented with an opportunity by I-80 AMBUCS  to purchase a therapeutic bike for a child in Ottawa. Ally was selected to be the recipient of one of these therapeutic bikes to further her therapy while having fun riding with her friends and family.

Ally’s parents, Nick and Lisa, promised to pay it forward by offering the bike back to I-80 once Ally outgrows it so it can be reused by another child.

I-80 AMBUCS builds bikes in Seneca and services Grundy, LaSalle, Putnam and Bureau counties in Illinois along the I-80 corridor. These bikes are all purchased with donations from the community and they currently have five bikes in Ottawa that are awaiting funding.

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