MOORHEAD — When 14-year-old Ausama Abdulazie made his way into the Moorhead High School gym Friday, Feb. 19, his family and a three-wheeler were there to surprise him.
It's a shiny, new way for Ausama to get around. His personality and heart are so much bigger than the cerebral palsy he's lived with since birth. Once on the bike, it was all about freedom and independence. He already has plans to be outside with the new AmTryke.
"There is a church behind us and a parking lot, maybe I could ride it there," Ausama said.
For the last few months, teachers, physical therapists and others have been working with a local nonprofit called AMBUCS, which gets mobility equipment to kids like Ausama.
"I get emotional, it is awesome. I have known Ausama since he was in elementary school," said Kristen Peters, who works with the AMBUCS Red River chapter.
Because of tensions in Iraq, Ausama's family escaped to the country of Jordan, where he was born. They came to the United States in 2008 and are grateful for the welcome and compassion for their son.
"It is so surprising, it is so special. I can't believe it," said Ausama's father, Bader Alramadan.
The physical therapists who work with Ausama can't say enough good things about him. It's one reason they all stepped up to make the day's donation possible.
"He has been such a pleasure, getting to know him and his family. He is such a joy, he has a smile on his face when he comes to therapy even though we are working him," said Sanford physical therapist Jacob Thompson.
Ausama's family only wants the best for their son, and today it came in the form of a bike and a school that cares.
The Red River chapter of AMBUCS, which provides this kind of equipment, is new to the area. For more information, contact them through their email address at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page. Their national number is 1-800-838-1845, and their website can be found at http://ambucs.org/.