HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — For many people living with a disability simple exercises like running, or riding a bike could be difficult. However, one Wiregrass organization is helping tackle that issue.
12-year-old Hudson Jones got his first bike at six years old.
“It’s the bestest thing,” Hudon said.
His mother, Beth Jones said ever since he has been cycling his way to gold, competing on his 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 disorder, where part of his Chromosome 7 is missing. His condition is known to cause stiff muscles and cardiovascular problems.
“Some of the issues that he can have are balance issues, so riding a bicycle can help with those balance issues,” Beth Jones said.
Those balance issues make it almost impossible for Hudson to ride a two-wheel bike. However, on his tricycle anything is possible.
“The exercise,” Beth Hudson said. “The movement for him being able to be active because there is a lot of things he can’t do.”
Jessica Robinson the President of the John Lee Foundation said what many people take for granted could go a long way for somebody who has a disability.
“One little girl can now write her name just by stretching her fingers from being able to ride her bike,” Robinson said. “We had another lady that she lost 25 pounds the first year she rode her bike.”
Helping turn a disability into an ability is the goal behind John-Jam. The organization has given back close to 250 bikes to families with a loved one living with special needs.
“We do three wheel bikes for those who can’t ride a traditional bike and we have therapists that custom fit them based on their needs,” Robinson said.”
Costing almost a thousand dollars these bikes are nothing but beneficial to the families that use them. Growing with them, helping build friendships, and most importantly putting a smile on their children’s faces.
“I think we got him adjusted out as big as this one will get but now he has had it for several years,” Clint Jones, Hudson’s father said. “Like anything else, it is more versatile and adjustable to different people’s sizes.”
Showing these bikes go a long way for families like the Jones’.
The 14th annual Jon-Jam at the Plant will be held on March 12th, with proceeds going towards helping families get these tricycles and other quality of life projects.