TRIKES SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH CANCER
Specially adapted trikes increase strength and confidence
To support children affected by cancer to build their strength, fitness and confidence, we funded specially adapted trikes at Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC). The LMFC Coast to Coast Cycle in September 2017 also raised money to fund more trikes to support children such as Keeva.
Keeva had to learn to walk again following treatment for a bone tumour. Keeva’s story highlights how her adapted trike helped her to regain her strength.
Five year old Keeva is ongoing with her second fight against cancer. She was first diagnosed in October 2014 with Anaplastic Rhabdomyosarcoma of the left thigh and underwent chemotherapy, surgery and protonbeam radiotherapy. Then unfortunately in November 2016 she was re-diagnosed with a malignant bone tumour of the left iliac (pelvis) bone. Again she had surgery to her left leg which this time removed her left pelvis and 30% of her hip socket. This was followed by several rounds of chemotherapy. The doctors were unsure if her remaining hip bone would take the weight of her body and could give no reassurance she would be able to stand or walk again.
Keeva spent 14 weeks in a hip spica plaster cast while her muscles healed. When the hip spica was removed at the end of March 2017, Keeva bravely took her first new steps. This reassured us her leg could take her full body weight. She then under took weeks of gentle stretching exercises and assistance using a walking frame she was more mobile but still needed assistance as she would walk approx 20 steps. Then the next sessions of physio built up her strength and helped her to walk again.
Keeva then received the wonderful gift of a special tricycle. The session using her trike gave Keeva the confidence and belief to walk unaided again. Her time on her bike brought the fun back to her exercise program. She can now join in again with her sisters and enjoy riding to the park. Two months on now Keeva’s chemotherapy treatment has now been put on hold and her rehabilitation has stepped up. Keeva can now cycle 2km and take over 1000 steps unaided, and she is getting better and stronger every day.
LMFC awarded a grant of £4,500 to CFC to fund specially adapted trikes for children affected by cancer.