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Community Leaders Race For A Cause

LAWTON, Okla_Community leaders and representatives from Lawton businesses were off and rolling Saturday afternoon during the AMBUCS' annual Amtryke Races.

The organization dedicates themselves to helping children with disabilities gain independence and mobility through the use of these therapeutic bikes.

Events like this at Central Mall help the organization get the word out about their mission to help handicapped children maintain a normal life.

This wasn't your average day at the races. There were police officers, tv personalities and even the mayor, but they weren't just there to have a good time.

"February is national visibility month for AMBUCS and we do this annually just for visibility and to show off our therapeutic bike that we give individuals with special needs, " said Pam Jennings, Amtryke Race Chairman.

And this isn't just you're average bicycle it's an Amtryke.

A special kind of bike that provides kids with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the same activities as other children.

"They get to go out and have fun with all their friends because they wouldn't be able to ride a bike. It helps them with coordination, it strengthens and stretches their muscles, because a lot of them have real tight muscles, it just gets them moving, " said Jennings.

The AMBUCS dedicate themselves to helping those who need a little extra support, so once a year they turn to the community to ask for a little support of their own.

Leaders from across Lawton gladly help out to race one another, all in the name of a good cause.

"It's a tremendous group of women and men that work together to give back to this community with people with special needs, " said Lawton Mayor, Fred Fitch.

The ultimate prize was just bragging rights, but that didn't mean the participants weren't taking the race seriously.

"My strategy is to get from one end to the other without falling off my tryke, " Fitch said.

Race after race, the participants competed in the spirit of giving back. Some took to it better than others, but most importantly it highlighted an extremely worthy cause.

"Helping people with special needs is really close to my heart. it's really in my heart and I love the therapeutic bike and I love what we do to help people with special needs, " said Jennings.

 

 

The event was held to educate the public of what the AMBUCS organization does and the importance of the Amtryke bicycles.

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