It started out with a simple aim, get me back cycling. I set up a page on GoFundMe http://www.gofundme.com/Gkam84 to raise money online, with the aim of getting a recumbent trike.
I started getting retweets and asking for donation items to hold an auction to help raise funds. Which many people responded to and sent items.
As word spread a website I use all the time took up my story and ran a news article http://road.cc/content/news/71782-roadcc-regular-and-early-onset-parkinsons-sufferer-appeals-help-switch-three
Once that was published, donations flooded it and that’s when Andy at J E James Cycles was linked to the story, he got involved and with his help, I managed to get the trike to get me cycling again
Those are a few of the news stories about it.
So I still have all the auction items, with more on route, that were given to help me raise funds for the trike.
A sheer moment of “inspiration” followed, after hearing about a coffee shop in America who held a “pay it forward” day. I decided to seek another cyclist in need of help to get a bike suited to their needs.
My way of paying it forward, by still holding an auction of all the items, but in aid of a fellow cyclist who is struggling.
It was then I learnt about a 10 year old boy in England, his name is Cain. At three and a half years of age he suffered a stroke after catching Chicken Pox. He was left paralysed down his left side, blind in his left eye, with severe brain damage and learning difficulties.
Prior to his stroke he had been referred for assessment as he was displaying some Autistic tendencies, but had the stroke before being fully diagnosed.
He was originally told he would not recover, but he has proved everyone wrong, although he still has no use of his left arm, he needs to wear a leg brace. For a child of ‘limited mobility’ he can run!
He loves cycling, but can’t pedal by himself, so at the moment he has a special trailer that his mother uses to tow him.
He is now quite a big lad and towing 8st of bike & child is becoming difficult for his mother.
His mother Mandy has been to see about getting a bike suitable to his needs, the owner of their local bike shop has said, he has several charities that he could approach, but they would only fund up to 80%.
Working out his needs, this still leaves around £700 to fund a specialist bike. So I am using all the item’s that I have received to “pay it forward” and get him as close as I can to the target of a new bike. Once that is completed. The plan is, myself and Mandy, would then do some sort of sponsored cycle to raise money and find another cyclist to help out.
To keep the paying forward going. Keep the kindness I was shown to make the lives of others better.
I am currently looking at setting up a proper registered charity to continue this work, but there are so many hoops to jump through, that it seems easier to carry on using social media and cycling website to carry on this effort.
So any items you would be willing to donate to this cause, would be most welcome.
If you require any further information, please contact me by email Guitaristkam@gmail.com
I also have a website set up, where I am bloging about my story and using video’s to show me cycling again.