Lexington – The Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters, along with Xerox and LM Communications made Christmas a little early for two twin boys from Richmond, Kentucky today. Tad and Tai Barnes, 9 year old twins, both born with cerebral palsy, received bicycles today at Station 3 in Lexington.
During the 2013 Toy Program Tad’s mom shared that she would love to have a bike for him but it needed to be customized as his cerebral palsy in more advanced than Tai’s. Upon hearing this, Xerox donated the money for the custom kit and the Lexington FOF purchased the bikes (a two wheeler for Tai) and assembled. Today both boys were brought by their mother, Khristi Barnes to Station 3 neither of them aware that they would receive the bikes.
Tad’s first words as he scurried across the Station bay with his walker were, “I have been waiting for this my whole life!”. Tai was a bit shy to get on his bike, when asked why he replied, “I don’t know how to ride a bike. I wanted to wait until Tad had a bike to learn so we could learn together.” Now both boys have a summer full of fun ahead of them on their new bicycles thanks to the FOF, XEROX and LM Communications who cheered the process on from the beginning.
The Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters is a 501c3 non profit organization providing services to the community of Lexington. Visit us at www.lfdfof.org.