Recently, Malibu Boats and the Kiwanis Clubof Tellico Village teamed up to provide an Amtryke bicycle to Ani Monday, daughter of Kelly and Bryan Monday. Ani has muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that causes progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement.
Kiwanis, with the funding assistance of corporations like Malibu Boats, provides therapeutic tricycles (Amtrykes) to special needs children like Ani who are unable to operate a traditional bike. These unique tricycles are designed with the assistance of the child’s physical therapist and can be either be hand and/or foot operated and can accommodate riders with varying degrees of physical limitations. These bikes have many therapeutic benefits including improved motor skills, strength development and self-esteem.
“This is the second Amtryke provided by the Kiwanis Club as she outgrew her other one,"Ani’s mom Kathy said. "This new bike will help her with daily activities and gives her the freedom to be more independent. Ani walks the dog twice a day with her bike and she is so happy being on her bike. We can’t thank Kiwanis and Malibu enough for this wonderful gift.”
“It is an honor to work with Kiwanis and support the Amtryke program and how blessed we are to have employees like those at Malibu who provide tremendous support to children like Ani," said Jack Springer, CEO of Malibu Boats.