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
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
"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,"
At the core of the e-bike phenomenon
is the sense of joy the bikes bring back to
"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
To learn more about biking around
Charlotte and general cycling
trends, check out these websites:
Proceeds from this book help purchase
e-bikes for children with special needs.
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