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2014-05-14 at 15:53

‘It means a lot’

By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com
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THUNDER BAY - Nevaeh Johnup's wish of getting a bicycle for her birthday came true Wednesday at the George Jeffrey Children's Centre.

The four-year-old has cerebral palsy and was given an adjusted tricycle from the Sunshine Dream for Kids organization.

"It means a lot," said Nevaeh's mother Colleen Johnup.

"She's able to play with her sister and ride her bicycle when we go outside and play at parks. She can have fun just like her sister."

Nevaeh's started learning how to ride one of the adjusted bikes at George Jeffrey Children's Centre and also at her daycare.

"That's what she loves to ride when she's at daycare," Johnup said.

Nevaeh's social worker suggested her mom apply to the Sunshine Dream for Kids, an organization that grants dreams for children with severe physical disabilities and life-threatening illnesses.

"I think it's the most rewarding thing because it's normalization. Nevaeh can be just a regular little girl, go out and play with her sister and participate in regular things," said Deanna Ward, dream fulfillment coordinator for Sunshine Dream for Kids.

"Nevaeh is such a bright little girl. She brings so much sunshine to everyone who interacts with her. To see her today smiling and enjoying the bike is really rewarding," said Ward.

A bicycle like Nevaeh's costs about $3,500.

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Tachyion says:
Excellent for Navaeh......and a great big " Thank You " to the Sunshine Dream for Kids organization. We are children for such short periods of our lifetime that we should make it the best possible for all kids.
5/15/2014 9:04:06 AM
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