One Chisholm Middle School student had a hard time sleeping ahead of Saturday’s Tour de Trykes in Enid.
Kristafer Murphy, 12, received an AmTryke on Saturday and helped lead the start of the Tour de Trykes event.
“He was up really excited,” Murphy’s dad, Toby Harjo, said.
It is the first time Murphy has received one of the trykes.
“I love it. It’s a nice thing that they’ve done,” Harjo said. “It’s amazing, good people are out there and here in Enid.”
Murphy’s mom, Hilary Murphy, and Harjo learned from Chisholm Middle School that their son would be receiving the tryke.
“The school itself does quite a bit. Chisholm is awesome,” Hilary Murphy said. “His bike is so cool.”
Hosanna Benson, 9, of Waukomis, and Mikey Sly, 14, of Enid, also received AmTrykes. Both had received trykes before but had outgrown them.
Benson’s first tryke was passed down to another child, her father, Jeremiah Benson, said.
“It’s good for her to get exercise,” he said. “She doesn’t get very much physical activity.
“She enjoys the movement and going fast. She likes sitting up.”
With her first tryke, Benson’s father would push her through a store and she would be able to sit up and see people, he said.
Sly’s family learned this past spring that he would receive another tryke.
“They asked if he would be interested because he doesn’t have the muscle tone to be able to ride a regular bike. He got his first bike when he was 3 years old,” Sly’s mother, Christina Sly, said. “I’m very excited. He will be able to live life more like a regular teenager.”
Anna Blubaugh, a past national president of AMBUCS, said it is the club’s mission to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities.
“We fulfill our mission by giving away AmTrykes, therapeutic trykes; we build ramps, we help with Miracle League, we do the renovations,” she said, adding the Enid Noon AMBUCS club has the AMBUCS Park. “Anything throughout the community that deals with helping people to be more independent.”
The club gives 30 to 40 trykes away each year.
Funds to give the trykes away are raised through fundraisers — the Red Dirt Barbecue, Tour de Trykes, the Twilight Criterium and through sponsors.
“The riders (come) to just have a really good time and what they’re really doing is helping us give away more trykes,” Blubaugh said, referring to the Tour de Trykes and Twilight Criterium events on Saturday.
Trykes have been given away for more than 20 years, she said. Enid Noon AMBUCS is 90 years old.
“We’ve been making a difference in our community for over 90 years,” Blubaugh said.
On Saturday night, three more trykes were given away during the Twilight Criterium, with one going to Covington schools.
Blubaugh said local schools have AmTrykes for in-school therapy that are donated by AMBUCS.