How a bicycle could help someone living with a disability

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) – For many people with disabilities, simple exercises like running or riding a bike can be difficult. However, a Wiregrass organization helps solve this problem.

Hudson Jones, 12, got his first bike at age six.

“It’s the best thing,” Hudon said.

His mother, Beth Jones, said he has since cycled his way to gold, competing on her bike during the Special Olympics.

“It helps a lot,” Beth Jones said. “Cycling helps a lot with his gross motor skills.”

Hudson is diagnosed with Williams syndrome, a rare genetic condition where part of his chromosome 7 is missing. His condition is known to cause muscle stiffness and cardiovascular problems.

“Some of the issues he may have are balance issues, so riding a bike can help with those balance issues,” Beth Jones said.

These balance issues make it almost impossible for Hudson to ride a two-wheeled bicycle. However, on his tricycle, everything is possible.

“Exercise,” Beth Hudson said. “The movement so he can be active because there are a lot of things he can’t do.”

Jessica Robinson, president of the John Lee Foundation, said what many people take for granted could do a lot for someone with a disability.

“A little girl can now write her name just by stretching her fingers so she can ride a bike,” Robinson said. “We had another lady who lost 25 pounds the first year she rode a bike.”

Helping turn a disability into an ability is John-Jam’s goal. The organization donated nearly 250 bicycles to families with a loved one who has special needs.

“We make three-wheeled bikes for those who can’t ride a traditional bike, and we have therapists who custom fit them to suit their needs,” Robinson said.

Costing close to a thousand dollars, these bikes are only beneficial to the families who use them. Grow with them, help build friendships, and most importantly, make their children smile.

“I think we adjusted it as big as this, but now he’s had it for several years,” said Clint Jones, Hudson’s father. “Like everything else, it’s more versatile and adjustable to fit different people.”

Showing off these bikes goes a long way for families like the Joneses.

The 14th annual Jon-Jam at the Factory will take place March 12, with proceeds going to help families get these tricycles and other quality-of-life projects.

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