Challenge Profile: Inspiring Brian
This guest post comes from Laurie Rescheske, a National Bike Challenge 2013 participant and mom to Brian.
Brian is my 19-year-old son, and he has Down Syndrome.
Over the years, we have tried many times to teach him how to ride a bicycle, but he could never quite get the hang of it. For the past several years, he’s been riding an adult trike, but it was old and rusty, and we had to junk it last year.
This is my first year participating in the National Bike Challenge and I’ve been doing a lot of riding. Brian decided that if mom could spend so much time on a bike, he wanted to, also.
So we bought a refurbished mountain bike and let him try to figure it out on his own. Within a day, he was able to balance and ride down the sidewalk the length of one house. In just a couple of weeks he’s progressed to independently bike to the park about a mile away.
I am very grateful for the NBC for inspiring first me, then my son, to get out and ride!