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Youth receive adaptive tricycles at Annual Grampy’s Pro-Am

By Staff | Jan 6, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Robbie’s Riders, Grampy’s Charities and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank present custom-made adaptive tricycles to local special needs children.

For the third consecutive year, Robbie’s Riders, Grampy’s Charities and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank presented adaptive tricycles to Southwest Florida children at the 3rd Annual Grampy’s Pro-Am, presented by the bank.

The tournament was established 30 years ago by McDonald’s owner and operator Fred Frederic, founder of the Fort Myers Ronald McDonald House. At that time, Grampy’s Charities offered to coordinate future tourneys and raised more than $80,000 at the inaugural Pro-Am in 2017. The 2019 event raised over $100,000 to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida.

Greilyn Rios, a visually impaired 8-year-old, Sophia Parker, an 8-year-old with Noonan syndrome, and Annalise Fernandez, a 3-year-old who suffered a neonatal stroke, all received custom tricycles that will assist with general strengthening, new proprioceptive sensory input and improved reciprocal coordination of the legs. They can now participate in activities with their families and peers, and enjoy the normal childhood experience of riding a bike.