Watervliet, Mich. A four-year-old Berrien County boy is one step closer to his dream of riding a bike. He’s entered to win a special needs bike from The Friendship Circle’s Great Bike Giveaway.
Maxtyn Davis, like his mother and several other relatives, was born with a genetic neuromuscular disease that affects his muscle development and limits his energy.
“Mitochondrial disease affects the energy mostly -- how your body creates energy,” said Maxtyn’s mom, Amy Masiker, who struggles with the disease herself. “So it causes fatigue and weaknesses and basically for younger kids it’s hard for them to develop so they're usually delayed.”
Maxtyn works through occupational, physical and speech therapy as he continues to develop. He wears braces on his legs and every day he’s working towards being as strong as his peers.
Maxtyn loves playing outside with his older cousins but has trouble walking or standing for long periods of time. He’s tried bikes before but his legs and core are not strong enough to push the pedals forward.
His family is hoping that an adaptive bike from The Great Bike Giveaway might be an answer to their prayers.
“He loves being outside and playing with everyone and I think it would help him a lot to broaden his choices,” Masiker said. “With everything that he's been through in his life, and still struggles through, that's why I think he deserves it.”
Viewers can visit Maxtyn's Page to vote for him for a chance to win the bike.
Nominations will continue through March 25 at midnight and the final drawing will take place on March 26.
With so many deserving kids hoping for these bikes, people can also donate to the cause itself to increase the number of bikes available.
“The more people who donate, the more bikes they have to give away,” Masiker said. “There's a raffle and then the kids who have the most nominations can win, too.”