The national AMBUCS donated three tricycles during the Dodge City home and leisure show on Saturday to children with disabilities.
"People are referred to us through physical therapists," AMBUCS president Dave Grayson said. "We get the measurements of the person that best fits their needs and we custom make the tricycle for them."
AMBUCS is a non-profit organization consisting of men and women dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.
"We make tricycles for toddlers all the way up to wounded warriors," Grayson said.
Two of the children that received a tricycle were, Manuel Perez, 5, and Ocean Ducimetiere, 9, both of Dodge City.
Ducimetiere was diagnosed with Perthes disease.
"Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease," Dr. R.C. Trotter said, "is a syndrome of idiopathic osteonecrosis or avascular necrosis of the hip.
"It typically presents as hip pain and/or limp of acute or insidious onset in children between the ages of 3 and 12 years, with peak incidence at 5 to 7 years of age. LCP is bilateral in 10 to 20 percent of patients."
Ducimetiere’s mother Missy, found out about the AMBUCS tricycles through a friend on Facebook.
"They said they were going to donate a bike to us and I was so overwhelmed," Missy said. "I am very happy for what they did for Ocean."
For Perez, he was diagnosed with Autism and his mobility is slightly limited.
"He can walk OK but he needs help sometimes," mother Amy Perez said. "When Manuel got on the bike and was pedaling, I got very emotional. This has been a blessing for him.
"Manuel’s physical therapist Dr. Phillips referred us to the AMBUCS. I could not be more grateful to them."
Grayson has been with AMBUCS for the last 5 years, back when they used to donate bookcases to children.
"Over the years I think the use of bookcases has decreased when it comes to children," said Grayson. "But when we stopped donating them, that is when everyone started to have a need for them.
"But when it comes to the tricycles, this is a need that will always be there. When people with a disability have a need, we are there for them and we try to get them what they need."
The tricycles are custom made for people at their particular age. However, as children get older, the tricycles can then be adjusted to fit their growth. When they reach a certain age, or height and weight, those tricycles can then be exchanged for a larger size and the older tricycle is then recycled.
"There was a child a few years ago that needed one of our smaller bikes," AMBUCS member Ken Davis said. "But with her disability she could not move her arms or her legs. So we made a bike for her that her parents could strap her arms and legs to the pedals and the parents could push themselves.
"Over time from using the bike, the child’s muscles strengthened and she eventually was able to upgrade her bike and use it herself. She is now a freshman in high school and can walk on her own. That is what the AMBUCS is all about."