Teen with cerebral palsy making 250-mile bike trip

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A teenager with a form of cerebral palsy is making a 250-mile round trip bike ride across western Michigan after getting the gift of a new set of wheels.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1qEfFUq ) 14-year-old Chris Brandt outgrew a modified tricycle that he used more than a decade ago. On Tuesday, the teen from the Van Buren County village of Lawton plans to ride with a group from his church.

Chris, who has spastic diplegia, says he's "excited, but a little bit anxious."

Watermark for Kids, an organization that helps under-served children, awarded Chris a specially designed $1,055 bike that he can pedal that attaches to a regular or tandem bike. It also covered the $180 price of the trip and threw in $200 in gift cards to buy gear.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, http://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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