Parents George and Ludmilla Rodes look on as physical therapist Cherry Bibler, right, helps Niko Rodes, 4, adjust to the feel of pedaling the specialized Rifton tricycle. (Doug Schwarz)

Parents George and Ludmilla Rodes look on as physical therapist Cherry Bibler, right, helps Niko Rodes, 4, adjust to the feel of pedaling the specialized Rifton tricycle. (Doug Schwarz)

Rotary Club of Sequim donates second adaptive bike

SEQUIM — A program to help local youths take on mobility challenges is rolling on.

The Rotary Club of Sequim recently awarded its second adaptive tricycle to a child. It went to Niko Rodes, a 4-year-old boy who has autism and is non-verbal.

In the club’s Adaptive Tricycle Program, Rotarians work with local health professionals to identify children who would benefit from the gift of an adaptive, specialized Rifton tricycle.

Cherry Bibler, a physical therapist with the Sequim School District for the past 25 years, helped connect the club with the Rodes family.

“Although this adaptive tricycle program is just beginning, we have already seen remarkable benefits including physical, social and communication growth directly related to riding a tricycle,” Bibler said.

“I am honored that the Rotary Club of Sequim chose me to assist with this program and look forward to a continued partnership.”

In March, the Rotary Club of Sequim presented a Rifton Adaptive Tricycle to Abby Johnson, who has mobility challenges. As she grows, club members noted, the tricycle is adjustable to ensure proper fitting for a lifetime of use.

The Rotary Club of Sequim meets at 11:45 a.m. each Thursday at Baja Cantina, 531 W. Washington St. See Sequim Rotary.org for more information.

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