MSRA lends a hand to a very happy little girl

Last Tuesday, the Manitoba Street Rod Association had their annual dinner at Applebee’s on the corner of Regent and Transcona.  Apart from the food and friends, there was an important reason behind this gathering:  it was also the night that a very special little girl would get her first bike.

MSRA Dinner

The girl, named Lauren, has a very rare condition known as Angelman Syndrome.  Doctors know very little about the condition, which makes it hard to diagnose and even harder to treat.  One thing that helps is riding a custom-built 3-wheel bike, according to Lauren’s physiotherapist.  This would help Lauren dramatically in her development and growth.  The downside?  A bike like this costs nearly $5,000 to have built to her specifications.

This is where the MSRA stepped in last Tuesday.  The association and the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation came together to give Lauren the wheels she needs.  Was it worth it?  Look at the smile on her face and decide for yourself.

Lauren\'s Bike

Lauren\'s Bike

Lauren with her family and Gay Kirby (left), executive director of the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation

Lauren\'s Bike

Mom’s in charge of giving directions;  Lauren’s in charge of ignoring them.

Lauren\'s Bike

That’s it for this week. If you want to know more about Lauren, or about Angelman Syndrome, check out the awesome website her parents have set up for her.  And for more info on the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation, check their website (which ain’t too shabby either).

I’ll be in Brandon this weekend, so let’s hope the Wheat City will bring out their best for the camera before Monday’s post!

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1 Response to “MSRA lends a hand to a very happy little girl”

  1. October 31, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Very well done Jordan ! You obviously spent much time and sorted through many photos, to get “just the right ones” for the blog.
    I took many of Lauren myself, but yours are “the best”!
    Good work!

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