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9-Year-Old Winfield Special Needs Boy Gets Custom Bike

Reported: Apr. 3, 2014 6:13 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 3, 2014 6:46 PM EDT
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It's a story that touched the hearts of people across the country. Brady Conn, 9, of Winfield has special needs and was competing to win a custom bike.

After an overwhelming response from our viewers, Brady got a huge surprise on Thursday.

After the story aired, Brady's family and even our newsroom was flooded with calls from people who wanted to get Brady a bike without having to worry about winning the online contest.

With the support of a Charleston bike shop, family, friends and even total strangers, Brady got his bike Thurday, and there was even an extra surprise thrown in for his little brother.

Walking into Charleston Bicycle Center, Brady knew something was up. It's hard to miss the TV cameras, flashbulbs and room full of people. It was also hard to miss that new, custom made bicycle he thought might just be for him.

"Is that my bike?!" he exclaimed.

Everyone knew Brady was going to get the bike he wanted so much, but he had no clue. He didn't know that his story had received so much attention that his family was able to withdraw from the national contest they entered in hopes of winning him a bike like the one he uses in physical therapy.

Brady has spina bifida, hydrocephalus, club feet and other special needs.

"There's just no words. I'm just overwhelmed by people that we don't even know would do this for someone," his mother, Anna Conn, said.

Through the generosity of community members, some who were total strangers and had not met the Conn family until Thursday, Charleston Bicycle Center in Kanawha City was able to order Brady a bike that's even better than the one he was hoping for.

"Brady on the bike answers the questions of why we're doing it," shop owner Bill Nottingham said.

"He just seems like he is bubbling with personality, and he's a great little boy," Tom Casto said. He was one of the donors who made the purchase possible.

Brady's younger brother, Nelson, 8, an advocate since day one to get Brady that bike, also got quite the surprise when he learned he was getting a bike too.

"I'm very happy 'cause I love him," Brady said.

"It's just awesome," Nelson said.

For an 8-year-old and and 9-year-old, the surprises were a lot to take in, but Brady does have a message to those who made the day possible.

"Thank you," he said.

"Maybe that's the bigger picture of all of this. That special needs kids, all kids, just want to be a kid," his mother said.

The Conns said they plan to have local fundraisers to help children with special needs and hope to raise money for them to get bikes, just like Brady did.

They also hope to have Brady's old bike restored for another child with special needs.



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