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Theo’s Telethon Trike

4 year-old Theodore Legg can now enjoy the community with his family and friends thanks to his customised trike from Telethon.

Theo has autism and a genetic disorder which causes muscle weakness and makes it difficult for him to participate in activities without assistance. Theo’s mum, Sharon, said that his health issues had limited his ability to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle with his family.

“Theo’s medical needs have taken priority in his life and it’s meant that he has missed out some experiences,” Sharon said.

“Since Theo received his bike our family has been able to spend more time outdoors which has been great.”

“It’s wonderful to see Theo so happy, riding his bike and waving at the passing trucks, cars and buses.”

As a beneficiary of Telethon, Therapy Focus receives generous funding to assist children with disabilities. Theo received a portion of this funding in 2015 to purchase the customised trike. The kitted-out set of wheels has rear steering controls so that Sharon can help push, adjustable handle bars, back support with a chest strap and foot cups with straps; all of which provide Theo with the postural support he needs to ride his bike.

The Telethon Weekend is being held on the 15th and 16th of October at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre. For more information visit www.telethon.7perth.com.au.

Theo's bike

Pictured: Theo enjoying his new bike with his Mum, Sharon, and Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist Shanae Guppy.