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Press Release – May 22, 2014

WorldCause Foundation Provides Specialized Tricycle for 14 Year Old Suffering from Spina Bifida

WorldCause Foundation Provides Specialized Tricycle for 14 Year Old Suffering from Spina Bifida

WorldCause Foundation Provides Specialized Tricycle for 14 Year Old Suffering from Spina Bifida

WorldCause Foundation is pleased to announce its most recent initiative, the purchase of a specialized Rifton Tricycle for a young teenager named Patricio Cazes, age 14 suffering from Spina Bifida. Our organization first learned about Patricio and his condition through the Miami Herald Wishbook Department.

Patricio has a joyful, outgoing and adventurous spirit which is seen through his interactions with others around him. He has a grateful heart, a charming smile and a knack for conversation with whomever he comes into contact with. Unfortunately Patricio's condition is a developmental congenital disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube.

Spina Bifida is considered one of the most common child birth defects with a worldwide incidence of about 1 in every 1000 births. Individuals suffering from this birth defect often experience difficulty in leg mobility, leg paralysis, and orthopedic abnormalities such as a club foot, scoliosis, hip problems and general spine discomfort. Although Patricio suffers from this, it has not affected his spirit and he continues to display courageousness throughout his daily activities. Patricio lives with his mother Maria and his 17 year old brother Matias. The family continues to help him but they were unable to financially afford this specialized tricycle which would help greatly improve his motor skills and mobility.

WorldCause Foundation agreed to cover the cost for a brand new Medium Tricycle from Rifton Equipment. The tricycle is specifically designed to strengthen motor control development for the Patricio and offers a wide range of therapeutic benefits for him. Through cycling, he hopes to see improved strength of quadriceps, hip extensors, and the ankle muscles, as well as improved trunk stabilization and balance. Furthermore the tricycle will allow Patricio to gain increased independence with visual and spatial awareness improvements.

WorldCause Foundation Provides Specialized Tricycle for 14 Year Old Suffering from Spina Bifida

According to the Rifton website, cycling helps the hips, knees, and ankles practice muscle activation and motor control in similar patterns to walking. Riding a tricycle trains the student's lower extremities to move in a reciprocal pattern and in a progression line, strengthening these muscle groups.

Patricio was very excited to receive this tricycle as he knows it will not only help him strengthen his muscles and improve his mobility, but it will also allow him to get outside and ride with friends when he wouldn't have this opportunity otherwise. The tricycle was delivered to his residence on May 23rd 2014, right in time for the summer.

Although at times Patricio suffers from pain and is confined to a wheelchair, his "I love life" mentality continues to inspire others and he is now on the road to recovery, literally!

WorldCause Foundation plans to visit the family soon and meet Patricio. We will be posting the photos following this meeting. Our foundation would like to thank the Cazes family, Miami Herald Wishbook, Community Committee for Developmental Handicaps of Miami, and Rifton Equipment for their help.

More information on Rifton Equipment can be seen by visiting their website, www.Rifton.com.