This is Stella's Chance
Stella was born on April 21, 2010 after a normal pregnancy. She was perfect and we began enjoying our new life as a family.
At eight months old we began to notice she was no longer meeting developmental milestones. We spent several anxious months waiting for tests and answers all the while Stella showed signs of increased weakness. We were terrified.
Now, Stella is a sweet and enthusiastic seven year old. She loves music, driving her power wheelchair FAST and having dance parties in our living room. Stella is currently in grade 2 and loves to read, do art, learn new things, and playing with her friends.
Stella was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type 2 just before her first birthday. We were heartbroken.
SMA doesn’t make life easy and we usually have to do things a bit differently, but we try as hard as possible to give Stella the life that she wants and deserves; full of rich experiences and surrounded by the love and support of family and friends.
We are currently interested in getting Stella an adaptive bike. This would allow us to go for bike rides as a family and enjoy the outdoors together. These special needs bike are great as they allow for full support, as well as growth over the years. The duet bike is a tandem bike – necessary for Stella as she would be unable to pedal even an adapted bike.
The basic duet bike is $5000 USD, a hefty price tag for any family. But this bike would open a world of family fun and inclusion for Stella for many years to come.
Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.