TAMPA (FOX 13) - A little boy experienced the joy of a new bike for the very first time Friday, thanks to the Tampa Police Department.
Ten-year-old Alexi thought he was going to a doctor’s appointment, but he went to a Tampa police station instead, where he got the very special surprise.
Alexi has spina bifida and needs a special bike to accommodate his condition. Several months ago, members of TPD’s Bike Unit met Alexi and his family at a bike safety rodeo. All of Alexi’s siblings won bikes. But when Sergeant McCoy noticed Alexi crying next to his excited brothers and sisters, he knew they had to do something.
The bike patrol sprang into action, making phone calls throughout the community. In no time at all, they had raised enough money to give Alexi the special adaptive tricycle he needed.
Today, they were able to watch his face light up when he rode the bike for the first time.
“Whoa!” Alexi exclaimed when he spotted his new ride. “I feel like a king in heaven.”
Alexi’s mom is so proud of her son and thankful to the officers who helped make this dream come true. She never thought he would ever get to ride a bike because of his physical challenges living with spina bifida.
“Thank you for thinking about my son when nobody else did,” she said. “Now he gets to enjoy what a lot of kids get to enjoy.”