With Orange County Bike Camp just around the corner, we wanted to shine our spotlight on Gavin who attended camp last year.
Gavin was diagnosed with autism at three years old and was told at age five that he would most likely never read or write. His parents, Lisa and Rob, encouraged Gavin to reach for those milestones with endless amounts love and support. Today, Gavin is 11 years old is reading and writing on his own. But that was not the only milestone that Gavin was determined to reach. Gavin’s father, Rob is an avid bicyclist and Gavin wished he would be able to ride a bike independently and alongside his father one day.
At five, Gavin successfully learned how to ride a tricycle and eventually was able to ride a bike with training wheels as well. But for Gavin, the ultimate goal was to ride a two-wheeled bike on his own, without training wheels.
Lisa and Rob heard about Orange County Bike Camp through a friend of the family and decided to look into the opportunity for Gavin. By the end of camp he was riding his very own two wheeled bike independently, with no training wheels. Lisa explains, “That special Wednesday at camp when my husband and I looked up and saw Gavin riding a bike on his own was in the top 5 best moments of my life! To see the beaming smile on his face and the pride that he had, while knowing how hard he had worked to achieve this goal was unreal.”
The family now enjoys daily bike rides and Gavin even gets to ride his bike to school. It is an honor to collaborate with the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC) and to be a part of the Orange County Bike Camp. Congratulations, Gavin and we cannot wait to see what goal you accomplish next!