Post 78 Riders help special child receive tryke

Manchester, TN

Do you remember when you learned to ride a bicycle? It's a popular formative memory for most. However, due to health or other reasons, some children and their families cannot afford this luxury on their own. Emma, a local 6-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with Emanuel Syndrome, a rare disorder which effects cognitive and motor skill development, was recently chosen to receive her own therapeutic tryke through the aid of both AMBUCS and Manchester’s (Tenn.) Local Gold Star Post 78 American Legion Riders.

AMBUCS is a national organization focused on providing AMTrykes to riders who are unable to operate a traditional bike. These therapeutic trykes can be hand or foot-powered and can help improve coordination, fitnes, and self-esteem. When Emma received her new tryke she began touching the tires and expressing her excitement with both shrieks of joy and wonderment.

According to American Legion Riders Gold Star Post 78’s Director Michael Walden, Emma’s new tryke will allow her to finally receive the rite of passage that every child should have which is: to one day learn to ride a bike. To find out more and to see Emma’s first ride on her new tryke, watch the video at

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