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SPRING 2017

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Local Nonprofit, Book Special features like the ones on Nan- cy's bike can be expensive. E-bikes range from $600 on sale to more than $5,000. One Ballantyne mom is helping to raise money so that children with special needs can obtain adaptive bikes. Conni Branscom started the nonprofit Kyle's Korner when she saw the joy on the face of her son, Kyle, when he received his adaptive bike. Kyle has Down Syndrome and a major heart condition. The family received his diagnoses before he was born, and his older sister wondered what he would and wouldn't be able to do with his limitations. The family's then-babysitter, Brooke Luckadoo Hicks, an Ardrey Kell High student at the time, wrote a story for her senior exit project to answer that question. This December, Conni, an assistant in the exceptional children's program with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, adapted that story into an illustrated children's book printed by Warren Pub- lishing. Proceeds from book sales help purchase electric bikes for children with special needs. "The fun part for Kyle is seeing friends riding their bikes in the neighborhood or at the park and he can join them," Conni says. "Watching him ride with his siblings and other kids just proves he is more alike than different." For the Fun of It Montero says he commutes by bike to train and to prove it can be done, but there's one more motivation: "There's a smile on my face the whole way there," he says. At the core of the e-bike phenomenon is the sense of joy the bikes bring back to people's lives. "It's fun again to ride a bicycle," Mon- tero says. "You can ride for as many miles as you want and have the confidence that the assisted motor will take you back home." To learn more about biking around Charlotte and general cycling trends, check out these websites: www.weeklyrides.com www.charlottenc.gov/transportation/ programs/pages/bicycle.aspx www.cltspokespeople.org www.sustaincharlotte.org www.kyleskornerinc.org www.autismcharlotte.org/ican-bike-camp Proceeds from this book help purchase e-bikes for children with special needs. The attorneys at the Olsinski Law Firm are dedicated to you. We are passionate about our jobs and our hard work will ensure that you will have a strong advocate by your side. Don't go through it alone; choose the Olsinski Law Firm to be there for you as both your advocate and your advisor. Child support. Spousal support. CLIENT SUPPORT. F A M I L Y L A W A T T O R N E Y S • C R I M I N A L D E F E N S E • D W I • I N J U R Y T W O O F F I C E S S E R V I N G B A L L A N T Y N E A N D T H E G R E A T E R C H A R L O T T E A R E A (704) 405-2580 | WWW.JCOLAW.COM BALLANTYNE SPRING 2017 90 Who Knew?

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