A ride of freedom

By Brandi Bailey

October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 9:10 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Riding a bike is an activity many take for granted. For a 14-year-old named Trevor, it's the gift of a lifetime.

Trevor Tenhave was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was 8 months old. He's also classified as intellectually disabled, according to his mother.

Last month, Trevor received an Amtryke bike that gives him the gift of riding.

"He just gets out there and then he sees some of the other kids on the street riding their bikes and he just gets excited. He's 14 and never ridden a bike," Trevor's mom Staci Tenhave said.

Trevor got his bike through AMBUCS. It's a national organization that's dedicated to creating mobility for people with disabilities.

While the new bike is fun for Trevor, it's also putting him to work.

"He's having to use his muscles to push thorough his legs. He has to stop and think and make his mind tell him he wants to go right or left," Tenhave said.

The bike has a handle for guidance while Trevor learns the proper motions to make the bike move on his own.

"Even when he's not actively peddling but someone is pushing him. He's getting the feel of first I move on leg and then the other. It improves his range of motion, improving his strength and respiration," said occupational therapist Reva Reid.

Trevor's family and friends say the physical therapy aspect of the bike is positive, but the social activity it brings him is priceless.

"It brings that chance for him to have some sort of normalcy in his every day life which is huge," Tenhave said.

It's a freedom Trevor's mom hopes will continue to grow and develop, eventually watching Trevor ride without her help.

The Amtryke can cost up to $1,600.

The Endicott Sertoma, Endwell Rotary Club and Broome County Kiwanis Club funded the purchase of the bike.