A Dublin City Schools student now can ride a cycle with his brother again, thanks to help from a local nonprofit organization.
Christopher's Promise, a Columbus-based organization that provides adaptive cycles for children with permanent disabilities, gave Sells Middle School eighth-grader Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli a recumbent cycle Dec. 12.
Al-Fadhli, 13, has cerebral palsy. He said he was both nervous and excited about receiving his cycle and plans to ride it this summer with his brother, Abdulrazzaq Al-Fadhli.
Brenda Applegate, a physical therapist for the school district, said she submitted an application for a cycle to Christopher's Promise.
Applegate said she has known Al-Fadhli for six years.
"He's such an active, outgoing kid," she said.
Because Al-Fadhli had outgrown his cycle, Applegate said, she wanted to get him something that was faster and sportier than his old one.
Cycling is good exercise and helps Al-Fadhli build endurance, especially in his legs, she said.
Christopher's Promise was organized several years ago by Lauren Lichtenauer, who in 2009 made a promise to Christopher Buzinski, who was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis, cerebral palsy and cancer of the optic nerve.
Jim Prescott of Christopher's Promise, said cycles are supplied via funds from fundraisers and donations.
Al-Fadhli's cycle is the 117th that Christopher's Promise supplied this year, he said.
For additional information about Christopher's Promise, go to christopherspromise.org or facebook.com/christopherspromise.