Adapted trikes give freedom to children with disabilities

October 11, 2012 10:35:46 AM PDT
A west suburban couple uses their time and talents to change the lives of children with disabilities.

For more than 16 years, Connie and Gordon Hankins have been building adaptive three wheels to help children with disabilities gain strength as they interact with their non-disabled peers.

"I just love children and I just think you know helping them to live as normal a life as possible, it just appealed to me," Connie Hankins said.

This year they have built 115 Therapy Oriented Tricycles for children with a variety of disabilities.

Brannon Duffin, 7, has spinal muscle atrophy and cannot ride a regular bike. The Hankins built a special bike for Brannon so he can ride with his peers.

"I think it's very important not just for their strength but also for their self-esteem because they need to know that they have some normalcy that they are able to do things just like any other typical child," Brannon's mom Jody said.

For more information on how to obtain one of these tricycles for a child please visit

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