JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Riding a bike is something Haley Moesner, 21, has never been able to do. She was born three months prematurely with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
"All throughout her life she has always smiled and always fought through any bad things that have come her way," said Amber Echevarria, Moesner's mother.
When Echevarria was scrolling through Facebook recently, she came across the Great Bike Giveaway
and realized it could lead to a whole new world for her oldest daughter.
"We signed up for the Great Bike Giveaway because for years and years, I've been looking for a bike that would fit Haley and adapt to her needs so she could ride bikes with me and my kids and we could go around Arlington to the place where I grew up riding bikes," Echevarria said.
The Great Bike Giveaway gives families whose children have special needs a platform to raise money to purchase adaptive bikes at discounted prices. Haley needs a tandem bike and is trying to raise $5,250.
"I had several BMX bikers on Instagram with many followers posts our fundraiser on their Instagram and so we've gotten donations from complete strangers," Echevarria said.
With less than two weeks left to raise the money, Echevarria is on a mission to get her daughter a tandem bike that would give her the freedom to enjoy the outdoors in a way many of us take for granted.
"It would be life changing for Haley and for us as a family," she said.