“Hi, I am Dakota! I have Spina Bifida but Spina Bifida doesn't have me!” -Dakota Pollard, age 12.
Born with Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus and Epilepsy, Doctor's said Dakota would never breathe on his own without a respirator to keep him alive due to his rib cage being deformed. Now 12 years later, Dakota is still defeating the odds on a daily basis. Dakota has over endured 30 surgeries , suffers from severe Epilepsy, relies on metal rods in his back for posture, and is on a routine surgery schedule every 6 months to increase his quality of life. Despite his lengthy medical history, Dakota is a very happy child who loves to participate like typical kids. Unfortunately, limited resources make it harder for his dreams to come true.
In May 12, 2017, Kendyl and Friends Foundation, INC presented Dakota with his new AmTryke Bicycle, a handicap accessible bicycle designed to accommodate riders of all ages who suffer from physical and/or developmental challenges. Now Dakota will get to spend his Summers riding his bike with his friends, strengthening mobility, exercising, developing coordination skills, and having FUN like a typical 12-year-old boy!
“He is my miracle child that God has blessed me with. This bike means the world to him. Now instead of me telling him no, you cannot ride bikes with the other kids I will be able to tell him YES!”
-Jessica Black, Mother of sweet Dakota
Kendyl and Friends Foundation, INC is a non-profit, charitable, educational, and financial resource for persons living with disabilities. We offer many grants to help special needs children and adults like Dakota. If you have a need, please contact the Foundation for further information!
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