Ja‘Quan is a ten-year-old boy who is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He is one of four children in an active and involved family. We first met Ja‘Quan in 2010 and since then, he has been an active member of the Variety family attending many of the Future Kids events.
When we first met Ja’Quan, he used a reverse walker for mobility. He was an active six-year-old who wanted to keep up with his siblings and friends. Ja‘Quan‘s family wanted him to be able to better participate in school activities, recreation and leisure activities so they applied for an adaptive bike from Variety. Variety granted Ja‘Quan an adaptive bike that summer. The bike has provided fun exercise to help build functional strength and endurance throughout the musculature of both his legs. Best of all, it has provided Ja‘Quan with a great way to play with peers and keep up with them around the neighborhood. He can now walk without the assistance of a walker!
Variety kid Ja’Quan was recently featured in an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The article graced the front page of the local section and spoke about Variety’s bike program. Click here to read the newspaper article.
Ja’Quan and his mother Latoya went to Emery’s Cycle and Fitness Center to get a bike tune up on Ja’Quan’s adaptive bike. The bike was covered with love bruises, evidence from the many bike rides, and needed much tender loving care. Brent Emery, the co-owner of the bike shop and long time Variety partner, made sure that the bike was in proper riding condition so that Ja’Quan could enjoy his bike for the rest of the summer.