Tri for Hayes - A Special Bicycle

We learned so much about the value of adaptive bicycles after working with McLindon Family Foundation for Gabriel.  Shortly after delivering Gabriel's bike, Stacy discovered a similar need close to home.  After learning of the need, Kevin reached out to the McLindon Family Foundation for the bicycle who is helping us make this possible. 

Stacy, Bill, and Kevin will be competing in the Crow's Lake Sprint Triathlon July 22,  2018 at 7:30am at Crow’s Lake, 155 Crows Lake Drive, Jefferson, GA  to raise money for another adaptive bicycle for this wonderful family.  This will be a great chance to meet some of you who would like to come and support the effort, meet the athletes, and Hayes' family.  So who is Hayes?

Hayes is a 10 year old full of energy, spunk, and sense of adventure.  He has a very supportive family - Dad Jon, Mom Jodi, and two brothers Hayden and Hampton.  Hayes' dad is a teacher . . . he was one of Tripp's teachers in fact . . . and that's what brings this close to home for Stacy.  She wants to pay forward the love Jon showed for Tripp.

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Hayes was born 13 weeks early and weighed a whooping 2 lbs 6oz. He spent 75 days in the NICU. On day 10 in the NICU, Hayes crashed and stopped breathing for a long period of time. Luckily, we had some Nurses that were our angels that worked on him and got him back.

At 18 months, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. We are blessed that the only struggle he has is his motor skills. He is so smart and can remember things that just amaze us. Hayes still can not walk, crawl, or move around on his own. He has had physical and occupational therapy all his life and gets botox treatments . Hayes had Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery 4 years ago in St. Louis, Missouri. The surgery helped some, but he still can not do things on his own. He requires a lot of assistance. A couple years ago, we were able to get him a motorized wheelchair that has given him the freedom to be just like all the other kids around him. His friends favorite part is to ride on the back of his wheelchair. Hayes is loved by everyone that meets him. He has a love of life like no other child I have ever met.  One big simple childhood pleasure is missing.... Riding a bicycle with his friends. 

He works hard on a daily basis just to do the simple things in life. Hayes loves football. His favorite team are the Clemson Tigers. His room is decorated in Clemson stuff.

We are truly blessed to have our Miracle boy, Hayes, in our family. He is an inspiration to us all. Just remember what Hayes says.... “Be a CHAMP!”

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