When Evan was two, he was diagnosed with severe autism. We were told he would never speak or be able to learn complex tasks like riding a bicycle. Nevertheless, we worked tirelessly and Evan kept improving — often two steps forward and then one back. Slowly, Evan learned to speak.
When he was 12, the training wheels came off his bike!Even
Something happened to me that first time I witnessed Evan take his first few strides on his bicycle without the aid of training wheels. That moment in time changed me as a person as I was given a gift in Evan. Right then, a miracle began to take shape. I began to be positive and stayed that way. I could be thankful and truly happy with the things in life that I once took for granted. I saw that we could make a difference.
I wanted to share his celebration of accomplishment with anyone and everyone. All those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder needed hope in their lives and so…. Evan’s Ride for Autism was born.
Evan’s Ride is an annual family-friendly cycling fundraiser to support those living with autism in Niagara. The eighth annual Evan’s Ride will take place on Sunday, May 29 with an 11-kilometre or 22-kilometre cycling route over the scenic roads of Smithville. Chris Biggs and Jason Barr of 97.7 HTZ-FM’s Biggs and Barr Show will host the opening ceremonies. They will be backed up by the HTZ-FM Roadies who will entertain with an Interactive Zone and on-site contests. Lunch will be provided for the riders, and a Kids Zone will add a fun diversion for the younger participants.
Evan’s story reminds us what can happen when we work together to make a miracle. Visit www.evansride.ca to register for the ride or make a donation. Proceeds from Evan’s Ride will be donated to Autism Community.