of businesses and community leaders were off to the races today during the
annual AmTryke races put on by the Mountain Metro AMBUCs.
all over Lawton
gathered to participate in the event at Central Mall.
The goal of the
AMBUCs is to help disabled people gain their independence and mobility back.
They hoped with today's event their mission could reach the public in the
form of some healthy competition.
told me AmTrykes are the most fun you can have on three wheels.
From the looks on the peoples faces -- that
seemed to be true.
But the best look on any face came when a
special person got a very special gift.
national visibility month for AMBUCs.
ready to race to raise awareness of for their cause.
“I have already
picked out my tryke and i will beat them up to get," said one racer.
“She is losing
this year ...she is going down!" said her friend.
Race after race
people got to test their skills on the AmTrykes.
That was the
main fundraising event for an organization that gives so much back to the
But the main
event was changing someone's life.
the Mountain Metro AMBUCs , Lynda Bentley, says giving away an AmTryke
therapeutic tricycle to a very deserving person is an amazing thing.
we give away an AmTryke it's well worth it. Just to look at the faces of the
people we give it to. It is just amazing. It doesn't get old,” said Bentley.
The look on Darlene
Getts’ face when she recieved the AmTryke was priceless, much like the gift she
She can't wait to get on the road with her new
never ridden a bicycle and the surgeon who had amputated my leg at one time
said I couldn't, wouldn't, and that I never would amount to anything and when
he gets a video tape of this race he is going to know not to say this again,"
That is what AMBUCs is all about -- giving
people a chance to get mobile and make a positive change in their life.
Darlene said that the AmTryke will change her
She is forever grateful for an
organization such as the mountain metro AMBUCs.
If you want to
join the all-ladies
Mountain Metro AMBUCs --
they meet every Tuesday at Noon at the Coliseum.
For more information on AMBUCs
organization, check out www.ambucs.org.