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Winfield Boy Competing For Custom Bike

Reported: Mar. 13, 2014 5:34 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 13, 2014 6:39 PM EDT
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A 9-year-old Winfield boy who has overcome more challenges in his lifetime than some will ever experience has just one wish right now, and you can help make it come true.

Brady Conn has special needs and will likely eventually have to be in a wheelchair but right now, that's a word that you don't mention around him. Right now, all he wants is a bike, and with your help, it could be all his.

We found Brady outside his Putnam County home doing his favorite thing...riding his bike.

Brady has a long list of health problems including spina bifida, hydrocephalus, club feet, neurological bowel and bladder, is developmentally delayed. He's had open heart surgery, two shunt surgeries, back surgery, six foot surgeries and many more. But right now, those are nothing but big, hard to pronounce words. He laughs out loud trying to pronounce spina bifida.

Brady's parents, Anna and Matthew Conn, adopted him when he was a baby. Together, they've faced many challenges, but nothing gets in his way of just trying to be a normal kid.

"Does anything slow Brady down?" asks Eyewitness News reporter Leslie Rubin.

"Yeah! Sleep!" he laughs.

Brady is in a national contest to win a custom, adaptive bike that his family just can't afford. The bike costs about $1,500. The contest is lead by the Michaela Noam Kaplan Great Bike Giveaway. The contest is sponsored by Friendship Circle of Michigan.

Right now, he uses a hand-pedal bike that only uses his upper body strength, but the custom, push-pedal bike would work his leg muscles, and hopefully keep him out of a wheelchair a little longer.

"It's put Brady in a unique position where he can show the public that special needs kids want to be just like another kid. They need a bike, and special needs stuff is sometimes more expensive and he just wants to be a normal kid, and he wants to ride a bike but it has to be a modified bike," his mother says as she tears up.

Riding his way into the hearts of everyone who meets him, Brady would rather be outside riding his bike than anywhere else. He hopes next time we come to visit, he'll have some new, shiny wheels to show off.

"Vote for me!" he exclaims.

To vote for Brady just log on to the Great Bike Giveaway's webpage.

You have until March 25th to cast your vote, and winners will be announced the following day.



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