Jacob Brayshaw now has the ability to take part in family outings, thanks to the Cops For Kids charity.
Brayshaw, a 10-year-old Vernon resident, suffers from a type of muscular dystrophy that causes muscle weakness and affects his ability to perform daily living activities.
But that all changed with the donation of an electric tricycle funded through Cops For Kids.
“Thank you to Cops For Kids for providing Jacob the opportunity to get outside with his sister and his peers,” said Brayshaw’s mom, Michelle. “This is the opportunity that he’s been waiting for all summer.”
Cops For Kids is a group of dedicated RCMP members and friends, including B.C. Sheriffs, committed to raising money in order to help children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis within Southeastern B.C.
A majority of money for the charity is raised every year in September during a 1,000-kilometre bike trek through Southeastern B.C.
“Cops For Kids is pleased to assist Jacob with the funding for his new bike,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Const. Tyler Jackson, a Cops For Kids rider who was on hand for the presentation of the tricycle to Brayshaw at Vernon’s Swan Lake Nurseryland.
“We fundraise tirelessly throughout the year in order to help local families. Today is a special day.
“We realize that equipment for children with special needs is very expensive, combined with all of the other medical costs these families incur on a daily basis.”
Vernon sheriff and Cops For Kids rider Kevin Lane said it was great to be able to give a bike to a local family.
“Now that he’s got his wheels, we hope he can join us for a portion of the Cops For Kids ride when we arrive in Vernon on Sept. 14,” said Lane.
The annual Cops For Kids ride runs Sept. 6 to 15, kicking off and finishing in Kelowna.