Little girl benefits from special bike

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By Pamela Brownstein

Last week, The Little Red Dog Foundation, along with members from the Beaufort Kiwanis Club and the Lady’s Island-St. Helena Fire District, presented a specially equipped therapeutic three-wheeled bike to Isabella Giordani at the Sams Point Fire Station on Lady’s Island.

DSC_0105Isabella has Foxg1, a neurological condition that limits her mobility. As a twin, the custom tricycle will help her keep up with her brother. She was accompanied by her mother, Ileana Giordani, and pediatric occupational therapist Frances Cherry.

According to Deb Libaire with the Little Red Dog Foundation, the group was founded with a mission to create mobility and independence for the disabled and to provide tricycles for children, adults and veterans who are mobility challenged. To date, the group has provided almost 200 cycles in the Beaufort area. For more information, visit www.littlereddogfoundation.org.

The special bikes, known as AmTrykes, were assembled at the fire station by Chuck Rettig and Dwight Hora of the Beaufort Kiwanis Club.

Last October, Ileana Giordani formed the International Foxg1 Foundation with the goal of providing support and outreach to individuals and families, to help fund research, and to bring awareness and education to the public about this genetic condition. For more information, visit www.foxg1.com.