Volunteers give disabled boy gift of freedom with specially designed bike

USU volunteers give disabled boy gift of freedom with specially designed bike (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) A little boy has a new set of wheels. For the first time in his life, 8-year-old Parker Layton will enjoy the summer breeze on his face on a bike ride with his family.

"He'd come and stand here and watch us all ride up and down the street and he couldn't come with," said Parker’s dad, Christopher Layton.

Christopher Layton looked online for a solution to his son’s mobility problems. The cheapest product he found was $5,000, so he reached out on Facebook to find out if any other families with disabled kids had a solution.

He found Mike Stokes and Todd McGreggor, volunteers at Utah State University’s Assistive Technologies Lab.

The men spent weeks researching and designing prototypes before coming up with a model for a front-facing, three-wheel bike.

They used about $150 in found and donated materials, including a bicycle and an old school seat.

“We were like, 'can we see it?' And he sent us some pictures and I'll be honest. Our first response was, 'really?' Because it's not what we had envisioned."

Parker started using his new bike over the weekend and loves it.

"We asked him, let's go for a bike ride. And he was, 'let's go!'"

The Laytons want other families in need to know about the LT lab at USU.

“We just want families to know there's answers. There’s still amazing people in the world who just want to help,” Christopher Layton said.

Stokes said he hopes to help more families overcome mobility issues.

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