A "magic moment"

WHEN six-year-old Jaxon Taylor was helped from his wheelchair and on to his first bicycle, the sight brought tears to his mother’s eyes.

Jaxon’s muscular dystrophy means he needs a wheelchair to get around, but that had never stopped him wanting to ride a bicycle like his friends did.

‘‘I would never think that I couldn’t go on a bike because I am in a wheelchair,’’ a brighteyed Jaxon said.

But for mum Lija Taylor, her son’s determination presented a challenge. 

‘‘I didn’t know what we were going to do,’’ Mrs Taylor said.

‘‘We were sitting in the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and we saw a brochure for these bikes and it was really exciting for us.

‘‘It was great when he had his cousins over and he could ride with them.

‘‘We got a bit teary; you never think you could find something like that.’’

Jaxon’s bike was custom-built to give him support by Northmead not for profit company, TAD Disability Services.

The specially-built bike has a frame that supports Jaxon and secures his body with a harness.

Although he has difficulty using his legs, the bike has balancing wheels and a gear system that makes it easier to ride once Jaxon gets rolling.

Chief executive of TAD, Alan McGregor, said the company produced about 1000 bikes and pieces of equipment a year to help get people with disabilities active.

The company survives on a budget of $1.6 million a year, sourced partially from government grants and client fees, but mostly from fund-raising.

‘‘But this is the little miracle,’’ he said, watching Jaxon ride, ‘‘to see this little fella come in in a wheelchair and now riding around . . . it’s a magic moment.’’

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