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Kiley's New Trike

By: Stacy McCloud
By: Stacy McCloud

Knoxville (WVLT) - The Marine Corp League, a veterans organization in Knoxville made up of former Marines, has left four East Tennessee children smiling from ear to ear.

Kiley Newcomb is your typical two-and-a-half year old.

She loves toys and thinks just about everything is funny.

But the big news in her life right now is that she's getting her first set of wheels.

"It's gonna be so much fun," as her mom Kristy straps her in, you may notice this shiny red tricycle is a bit different than ones you may have seen before; the pedals sit where handlebars would normally be, making it a one of a kind model.

It's certainly one of a kind for Kiley because it's likely the only one she'll ever be able to ride.

"Who would have thought my child, with all these problems would be out there doing what she was doing," Kristy says.

By looking you would have no idea that little Kiley has had to conquer some big hurdles.

"She had some problems with labor and delivery and when she was 11 hours old had strokes and had to be in the NICU for 12 days," Kristy explains. "They told us she wasn't gonna make it, go home and make funeral arraignments."

Kiley's struggles left her with several problems, including cerebral palsy.

"She can't walk, she can scoot," Kristy says.

But she can use her hands, which means she can ride her new trike, a simple alteration that provides some pretty surreal moments.

"She sees the other kids with their bikes and is all the time hollering at them. I know she wants to go down there, so for them to bring this bike in our lives it will open up new doors, give her a chance to be with those kids," Kristy says. "It melts my heart."

Kiley is among 21 children across the state getting the ride of their lives.

Four of those are being distributed in the Knoxville area.


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