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Denver7 Gives surprises family with check to purchase adaptive bicycle for son with disability

Posted at 9:55 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 01:14:33-04

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Through generous donations, Denver7 viewers were able to raise enough money through Denver7 Gives to help purchase an adaptive bicycle for a young man named Harrison with a rare genetic disability.

“Holy cow!” mom Alicia Spiers exclaimed, as Denver7 surprised her family with a check for over $6,000.

Harrison has a rare genetic condition called Lesch Nyhan syndrome, and requires a wheelchair. His family has been on a quest to get him an adaptive bicycle, remembering his happiness while riding on one during a family trip to Europe.

“I haven’t seen him that happy in a long time,” Alicia said.

“It was the same experience as the other kids learning how to ride a bike,” dad Jeff Spiers said. “Wind in your face, the rush, the speed, the independence.”

Denver7 told Harrison’s story and began fundraising through Denver7 Gives.

In total, viewers donated $6,245 to help the family reach their goal of purchasing an adaptive bike.

“I am grateful from the bottom of my heart for people wanting to help him find an activity that he can feel normal,” Alicia said. “I am grateful beyond words. It’s so amazing and thank you so much.”

Harrison was extremely excited to hear that he will be getting the bike he’s wanted for quite some time.

“Amazing,” he said. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Denver7 has created an easy way for people to help others in our community. We have featured the stories of people who need help and now you help them with a cash donation through Denver7 Gives. One hundred percent of contributions to the fund will be used to help people in our local community.