Ride with a purpose

Wheel Heroes donates specially designed bikes for kids with lower levels of mental or physical abilities to offer safe, stable and stylish choices, providing them a new form of mobility, exercise, therapy but most importantly, the joy of cycling.


Alex was born with Spina Bifida, exposed spine. Doctors closed him up at 4 days old but he’ll be paraplegic for life. ​In ​2012 he was diagnosed with scol​iosis and had metal rods installed in his back. He also now has a VP Shunt to allow cerebral fluid to drain.


He just graduated high school and although paralyzed, he’s still very active. He likes to be outside with his friends and can do most activities including kayaking, Basket Ball, inner-tubing and Lazer Tag. The only activity he ha​s​n’t been ab​l​e to participate in is

​riding a bike. Alex received a hand cycle and rode a bike for the first time. He was interview and seen on Channel 4 News.

Joshua was born with Hydro Cephalitis which is a build up of excessive fluids on the brain. In simple terms, it disconnects his brain from controlling motor function in the rest of his body. Before receiving his bike, Joshua was not able to walk at all, nor was he able to use the pedaling machine at his physical therapy sessions. Within an hour of receiving his brand new custom bike, he was pedaling for the first time. He has had the bike for only a few months now and his parents report that not only has he improved riding the bike but he is also taking his first steps with a walker.

Sophie was born with Down Syndrome.  Her overall lower levels of ability have kept her from riding a bicycle. Many times, she has attempted to ride a bike event with training wheels. She’s fallen so many times that she developed a strong fear toward getting on a bike. With just the right combination, DeNito’s Ride for Kids fit her with the perfect three wheeler. Within minutes Sophie was sitting up on the bike and within a few minutes more, Sophie was riding for the first time.

This bike was sponsored by The Everglades Bicycle Club

Frida’s Autism and Developmental Delay has caused her lack of communication, mechanical, and motor skills. She’s eleven years old but physically and mentally comparable to an eight year old. She also has balance issues and therefore has never ridden a bike before. Her favorite color is blue.

Frida’s bike was sponsored by Robert Kemna. 7-Eleven owner and Army Captain

Dwayne was diagnosed with ALS in 2016. He was a professional body builder, avid cyclist, life coach and personal trainer. With the help of his wife Sheila and his determination to make the best of every situation, he continued cycling with the use of a generic trailer. Because of the trailer’s flat bench and lack of support, DeNito’s Ride for Kids recognized the need for a custom chariot and went to work. Anthony’s Brother, John DeNito, fabricated a custom chariot to Dwayne’s exact size and needs.

When Ivanna was born, doctors gave her 10 months to live. For her first month of life, she experienced 20 to 60 seizures a day. She has a rare genetic mutation called KCNQ2 Epilepsy and Autism. She has cognitive and intellectual disabilities, developmental delay, innocent murmur, intermittent strabismus and cerebral palsy. She was able to sit up when she was three, stood for the first time when she was four, and started walking with a walker at six. This bike will help her build strength and motor skills to help her walk.


This bike was sponsored by BNI Miami Beach.

When Amanday was 18 months old, she was involved in an accident resulting in trama to her brain which left her paralized on her left side. She has little use of her left leg and no use of her left arm and little torso control. She had never ridden a bike before but within 40 minutes, she was riding on her own for the first time. Her dad says that she’s doing great now and riding completely on her own. Now he would like to participate in our upcoming cycling events.

Because of Aisak’s autism, he was not able to pedel a bike that he had for three years. Every movement he made was like solving a complex math problem so moving each foot individually to rotate the pedels was almost impossible. With a simple combination of placement, strapped pedels and the right gearing, he was pedeling for the first time within 30 minutes. Now his mom says he rides around with the other kids and you’d never know he ever had a problem with it.

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