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Kalispell boy gets adaptive bike after two-year wait

Posted at 7:42 AM, Apr 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-13 10:11:55-04

KALISPELL — We have an update to a story we reported last month - Jaxen Flores of Kalispell finally got his adaptive bike after two years.

The seven-year-old boy was diagnosed with Infantile Pompei disease, which causes muscular weakness and impaired mobility.

Jaxen’s mom Erin Hoch used Facebook to spread the word about a fundraiser for the bike and raised $2,000 in just five hours.

Erin Hoch
Erin Hoch

“It's just, it's hard to believe that it's actually here. I mean, it took so long to figure this out and get it you know, two years of trying to figure out what kind of bikes can we get because they're so expensive,” said Hoch.

The bike has many features including a parent assist handle, a basket to carry things, and a tray for activities while they are out.

The most important feature on the bike is a pulley system that helps make peddling easier.

The bike is designed to be adjustable and grow with Jaxen as he gets older.

Jaxsen bike
The bike is designed to be adjustable and grow with Jaxen as he gets older.

The bike can also be converted for stationary use to allow Jaxsen to practice riding it inside.

“I think just anything we can do to get him working more towards being independent. It's a fun idea that he'll be able to ride his own bike with us riding our bikes. It's exciting,” said Hoch.

“Thanks, everybody!” said Jaxen.