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Laney gets a ‘bike’

Laney and her new ‘bike’, provided with the help of the Molly Ann Tango Memorial Foundation.

Laney, 10, of Fairfield county, like most kids her age longed to learn to ride a bike.

Her sister received a bright, shiny new two-wheeler for her 10th birthday and Laney dreamed that was what would be awaiting her as she turned 10, 11 months later.

But for Laney, that would not be an easy task. She was born with Childhood Apraxia, Developmental Coordination Disorder and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder and was also recovering from a skull fracture sustained because of her disability.

“A simple thing like buying a bike is something most parents just take for granted. They can run to Target, and zip, zip they are done,” her mother Julie explained.

Rather than devastate Laney, her parents researched alternate solutions to the bike/balance problem and found a recombent bike that would be a perfect solution. Unfortunately the cost was prohibitive for them, but they never gave up!

The Connecticut Family Support Network referred them to The Molly Ann Tango Memorial Foundation, a Ridgefield foundation that serves families raising children with special needs. The request was made and voted unanimously “yes” by the board. In a few short weeks, Laney was on her way.

“I won’t try to put into words what it meant to have that bike waiting for Laney when she woke up the morning of her 10th birthday,” Julie writes. “Still, almost nine months later, I get tears in my eyes when I see her out riding with the neighborhood kids. Her strength, endurance, and balance have improved greatly from riding, and she is able to use the exercise to help with self-regulation and all of the anxiety that having a disability brings. None of this would have been possible without The Molly Tango Foundation.”

Laney now enjoys riding regularly in her neighborhood with her siblings and cousins. The door this bike has opened is incredible.

Funds to help Laney and many other children and families come from foundation fundraisers, including  “Nuts About the Nutcracker,” which will take place Saturday, Dec. 15 at noon and 5 p.m. at Ridgefield High School. This incredible show for all ages is one of The Molly Ann Tango Memorial Foundation’s biggest fundraisers.

For more information about The Molly Ann Tango Memorial Foundation, and to purchase tickets please see our website: www.mollytango.org.

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