Leighton was a healthy two year old when both she and her best friend (also two) were diagnosed with HUS. She lost her best buddy – and now at age three has suffered hundreds of basil ganglia strokes. Leighton is totally reliant on others. She is unable to hold her head up alone and is just beginning to communicate through an eye gazing system. Still, her family can tell that she knows the abilities she has lost and wants to participate actively again.
Donations from Variety donors and Community partners can give a child like Leighton the gift of an adaptive bike. These bicycles allow children with special needs the opportunity to ride with family and friends, get much needed strength building activity, and in Leighton’s case – regain part of the life she has been missing.