After riding her Alinker bike almost daily for a month, 22 year-old Melissa Lyon is super excited to be outdoors, looking forward to adventure, and grateful to the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC.
Melissa lives with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy which is characterized by tight and stiff muscles that limit movement. She was chosen as one of the Alinker Ambassadors for the Cerebral Palsy Association’s of BC’s Movement Without Limits program.
I think that it is important to be an advocate for people with disabilities and I think that by becoming an ambassador I could help spread the word about this wonderful tool that may really help a lot of people be more independent and active.”
This program allows people living with cerebral palsy to apply for a free Alinker bike to get outside and get active. The specially designed bike lets people with disabilities stay active without sacrificing comfort, style or safety. In return, the Ambassadors let us know how the Alinker has affected their wellbeing through testimonials, photos and videos. Melissa is one of our star ambassadors and provided lots of great feedback.
Day 1: “This is my first day of using the bike. I love it!! When I first started, I was frustrated because I didn’t understand how to move my feet correctly. After an hour of practice, I feel like I am getting the hang of it. I went 2.6 km today. I am looking forward to going out tomorrow again.”
Day 11: “Today was fun and successful. I walked around on my university campus. I did a 2 km walk today. I was a bit stiff and tired after the walk. I finally think I know how to use the bike.”
Day 19: “Today was another successful ride. I am LOVING this new bike!! I want to use it all the time. I rode around my university’s campus again today. It was awesome and fun! I am proud to say that I did 2.5 km’s today. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s adventure.”
Day 30: “Today is my very last journal entry. I did a 2 km ride early this morning. It was very hot today. I feel like I have mastered this bike. I want to send a big thank you to those who gave me this awesome bike. I plan to use it daily and keep it forever. Thanks for getting me excited about going outdoors.”
In addition to these statements, Melissa has also mentioned that her rides have helped improve her mood. She says she is also excited to conquer new terrains with her bike, specifically more hills.
We are delighted to see how much Melissa has enjoyed her Alinker and grateful for her feedback about the Movement Without Limits program. Melissa has proved that it is possible for people living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to live a Life Without Limits.