Fam­ily get on a roll to help kids with cere­bral palsy

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SAUCE - RE­BECCA HEAD

WHEN Libby and Joseph Lom­bardo posted pic­tures of their daugh­ter, Is­abella, rid­ing her spe­cial needs bi­cy­cle, they were brought to tears by com­ments from other par­ents of chil­dren with cere­bral palsy.

The bikes are made by Pushys and help build leg strength, core strength and bal­ance in those chil­dren who strug­gle with move­ment and pos­ture — but the $1800 cost is too much for many fam­i­lies.

So the Lom­bar­dos per­suaded Pushys to donate five of these bikes and parts to go on an­other 15, which were do­nated by a va­ri­ety of bike stores.

Then courier ser­vice In­ter- par­cel came to the party to de­liver them free.

“This is much big­ger than just a bike,” Mrs Lom­bardo said.

This Christ­mas bike give­away is run­ning now on Is­abella’s Face­book page, and is also be­ing used to launch the Lom­bar­dos’ new The Up­side Foun­da­tion, which will help fam­i­lies of chil­dren with cere­bral palsy.

On De­cem­ber 15 the Lom­bar­dos will de­cide who will re­ceive the 20 bikes — and said the sto­ries from fam­i­lies were hugely emo­tional.

“It’s heart­break­ing read­ing all the sto­ries. My hus­band was in tears the other night,” she said. “These chil­dren de­serve to be in­cluded in the com­mu­nity and these bikes give them the chance.”

En­ter­ing is sim­ple. Go to the Team Is­abella Lom­bardo Face­book page, share the post, tag three peo­ple, nom­i­nate a de­serv­ing child and then fol­low the link to The Up­side Foun­da­tion Aus­tralia to fill out the en­try form. The foun­da­tion will be launched next year.

Is­abella poses on her bike.

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