Freedom Ride for Derik!

Meet Derik!  Derik is 11 years old and has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsey.   Everyone in our little community, from the kids at his school to the adults who love to watch him play Santa every year at the Christmas concert, adore Derik!  His big smile melts everyone's heart and can truly light up a room.  As you can see from the picture, Derik adores his dad.  He loves going to basketball and hockey games with his dad!  Derek's mom and dad are avid bike riders.  They have ridden the past few years in the Special Olympic Torch Ride.   This year the ride falls on the day before Derik is having his his 13th surgery on May 5th.  This one is a spinal fusion for scoliosis.  As his family and friends we would love to see Derik get to participate in this ride with his parents, as well as go on many future rides with his family.  We are trying to raise money to buy a tandem bike that is adapted for special needs.  This bike would allow Derik to ride with his dad and to feel like he actually riding a bike!  He will get to go FAST!  Derik loves going FAST!  Derik is facing weeks and weeks of time in bed recovering from this surgery, and this opportunity will give him such a great send off,  and lots of exciting memories to think about during the not-so-fun times.  Because the bike has to be specially made, we need to raise the money very quickly so it can be done in time for the Torch Ride.  Any help, no matter how small, will make a huge  difference  for Derik.  Thank you!
  • Ross Tabisel 
    • $50 
    • 74 mos
  • Rick & Connie ferguson 
    • $250 
    • 74 mos
  • Fran Klein 
    • $100 
    • 74 mos
  • Lena Reidhead  
    • $60 
    • 75 mos
  • Kenny Bretz 
    • $50 
    • 75 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Paula Blackburn 
Heber, AZ
Kelli Porter 
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