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Eleven-year-old Mark Harpst got a special gift this month: an AmTryke from Greater Champaign County AMBUCS.
AmTrykes provide a set of wheels for individuals whose physical challenges may not allow them to ride a traditional bike.
Harpst, the son of Mahomet residents Andy and Allyssa Harpst, is a sixth-grader at Mahomet-Seymour Junior High. M-S Physical Therapist Kathryn Rose, who facilitated donation of the AmTryke, has been working with him since he was in kindergarten.
Scott Price, Service Committee Chairman of the Greater Champaign County AMBUCS, presented Harpst with the trike on September 7.
AMBUCS is dedicated to helping people with disabilities with mobility and independence. The Greater Champaign County chapter also donated a new AmTryke to Mahomet-Seymour High School in 2010.
Andy Harpst said that his family is grateful for the AMBUCS donation.
“To others, it might just be a bike, but for Mark it means so much more,” he said. “He now has a way to ride with his friends and to be included in our neighborhood activities.”