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Kingston family in the running for adaptive bicycle

August 22, 2018

KINGSTON – Mia’s gotten too big for her tricycle. Her upgrade, given this little loving spitfire’s disability, would run her family more than $4,000.

That’s where you come in – and all you have to do is click “Like” on Facebook.

Mia Molina, a 7-year-old student at Genoa-Kingston Elementary School, suffers from Cornelia de Lange syndrome and has bilateral hearing loss. Her ideal ride is an adaptive bicycle, and she’s in the runnings to win it, should her picture get several hundred more Facebook likes. The deadline to vote is noon Wednesday.

Visit Project Mobility’s Facebook page to read all the inspiring stories of the youngsters who hope to have a new way to ride.

As for Mia, her mother, Adriana Origel of Kingston, said the youngster is a ray of sunshine, and that she achieves great things despite her disability.

“She’s so positive and so bright,” Origel said. “She has to try harder than anyone else to accomplish anything.”

Mia is nonverbal, so Origel said it’s a daily struggle to find out how school went.

“She’s so loving, but she can’t tell me how school went, and what she did that day,” Origel said.

Origel said Mia loves being outdoors and active, but her poor strength limited how much she could pedal and steer a bike, making the adaptive bicycle so vital.

“It’s been so hard watching her go outside and see the disappointment in her face as she watches her brothers grab their bikes and take off down the driveway,” Origel said. “I can feel her sadness and her frustration of wanting to ride a bike like the other kids.”

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