EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — A group of kids graduated Friday from an East Grand Forks summer camp designed to help children with special needs learn to bike on their own.
"We can see the smiles on his face," said Melanie Suda, a mother from Grafton, N.D., whose 8-year-old son Sam was one of 25 kids participating in the week-long iCan Bike camp.
"He'll still need some help but with the right supports, as with anything else, he'll be able to join us," Suda said. "My son has special needs and with low muscle tone, bike riding comes a little more difficult."
The event is being held by the Anne Carlson national charitable nonprofit organization, which is holding numerous camps around various locations in North Dakota this summer, according to its website.
"Parents have told me they've been trying to work with their child the past eight years trying to ride a bike, and then they come to our camp (and they're) riding a bike within a week,” said Alana Turner, an iCan Bike floor supervisor. “It's pretty awesome that you see these kids can do anything."
Staff celebrated each child's victory Friday whether or not they could ride alone.
"Everyone learns at a different pace,” Turner said.
Parents say it's a milestone they'll cherish. Sam's mom said she hopes she'll be able to ride with her son soon.