Metro fifth-graders are making one boy's dream of riding a bike come true this summer.
The Timber Creek Elementary students teamed up with Variety Children's Charity and raised thousands of dollars to donate an adaptive bike to Maddox Truitt.
The 11-year-old's smile is infectious.
"You saw the smile on his face. That was unbelievable. That is everything to a dad," said Tracey Truitt, Maddox's father.
The adaptive bike meant everything Maddox. He was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and autism that limits his mobility.
"I love my bike," Maddox exclaimed.
Tracey Truitt said seeing his son get the special bike he needs means summer just got better.
"This is just going to be incredible, because everybody in the neighborhood rides bikes. We would have to push him in the wheelchair or push him in the walker and that just doesn't keep up," he said.
Maddox couldn't keep his hands off the big red bow that showed the gift was special.
"The best thing is he will get to be a kid on a bike this summer like every other child," Variety Children's Charity Executive Director Deborah Wiebrecht said.
One hundred students raised $3,000 to buy the bike.
With the help of Variety Children's Charity, they fundraised all school year long. On Wednesday, they got to see Maddox truly enjoy their heartwarming hard work.
"I think it is great because the kids understand there is more to their life than just themselves. It really shows that they have a wider awareness about what is going in the world," Truitt said.
Variety Children's Charity is a volunteer-based organization that's dedicated to helping Kansas City children with mobility issues.
Money raised is used to buy wheelchairs, adaptive bikes and tricycles, and walkers. Most of the children's families have insurance, but the expensive equipment they need to be a child isn't always covered.
For more information about how to get your kids involved in giving back, click here.
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