It is a simple joy to feel a cooling breeze as you furiously pedal a bicycle.
Cole Odenweller and Abby Franklin felt that joy as children. Now teenagers, they have outgrown the adaptive bicycles that helped them develop strength in their legs despite her cerebral palsy and his neurodegenerative disorder. A new bike costs between $4,000 and $5,500; it is money their families don't have.
That's where we come in. Cole and Abby are featured in today's Book of Dreams, a series of stories of need in the community that The Bee brings you during the holiday season.
You, our Bee readers, have given generously in years past to fulfill dreams from throughout the community. Last year, donations reached more than $205,000. None of that money is spent on administrative costs.
This year, you will read about dreams that include requests for hearing aids and work uniforms and teddy bears that can be warmed to comfort children with juvenile arthritis.
Thank you for your openhearted support of this community program. We'll tell you Dec. 24 how we fulfilled the dreams.
Joyce Terhaar, Executive Editor