Dawson Dupuis is flanked by his mom, Louise LeBlanc on the left and Rachel's Kids executive director Kim Lauzon. Dawson is showing off his brand new bike.
CORNWALL, Ontario - Young Dawson Dupuis will be riding in style for the rest of the summer, thanks to a gift from a local charity.
Dawson, 13, grapples with a multitude of conditions, including attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, muscular dystrophy, developmental delays and autism.
His condition has left him with a poor sense of balance, which means the apple of every young boy's eye - riding a bicycle - is next to impossible for Dawson.
His family had invested in some smaller, three-wheel machines to help him get around but now that the teenage years have arrived, Dawson has begun to outgrow his smaller modes of transportation.
Cornwall charity Rachel's Kids, and its Small Moments of Joy program, have stepped in and purchased a new, full-sized three-wheel bike that will allow Dawson as much mobility as he can handle.
The only problem has been the weather.
Dawson's mother Louise LeBlanc has been waiting for the skies to clear this week so she can take Dawson for a ride.
"I'm to the point now that tonight, whether it's raining or not, I'm taking him out - I don't care," she said with a laugh.
Rachel's Kids founder Rachel Navaneelan said more needs to be done to ensure children with special needs can thrive.
"We need to make sure that we make it easy for all children, especially those with special needs, to function in society," she said. "We should be looking to help all of them."