A Family Pedals Forward Thanks to GABR Donation

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When your 12-year-old son wants $1,000 bike, you might look at him a little funny. But in the case of fifth-grader Logan Gilepse, it wasn't so much a matter of want, as a matter of need.

"It does have a seat for him. It has a harness on him, it also has foot pedals to keep him down," said Logan's mom Holly Gillespie.

When Logan was born he was your average baby.

"Had a normal pregnancy by c-section," said Holly.

But then came the seizures.

Holly said: "Right before he turned one year, we were heading from Minnesota to Bismarck and it happened like three times in the car. And we stopped in Fargo at the ER and they said he's having seizures and within that 24/48 hours, he probably had at least a dozen of them and that's when they diagnosed it."

That diagnosis being intractable epilepsy, which basically means patients' seizures don't come under control with treatment and unfortunately for Logan, took away most of his ability to speak, along with some other basic-bodily functions.

"He still wears a diaper so, you know, for a 12-year-old kid, it's really hard for us to try to cope with that...try to get him potty trained and stuff like that. Because development-wise, it's just not there," said Todd Gillispie, Logan's dad.

So, when your son's quality of life seems to be non-existent what do you do? Well, the Gilepses turned to the Great American Bike Race for a little help and were given this beauty.

"When you're peddling, he will also pedal because that's good movement for his legs and his hips," said Holly.

The bike from GABR not only allows Logan to get that good exercise, but it also allows for outside play time just like other kids get.

"We can get out and enjoy the fresh air with everybody else. We don't have to constantly watch him because he's strapped in. So the safety features are really nice. And to have that peace of mind that you don't have to worry about him getting hurt," said Todd.

And, there's even more good news. Logan's parents say he hasn't had a seizure in more than a year and there is a chance he could grow out of them, which would allow even more quality time with mom, dad and, of course, the bike that's keeping the Gilepse family pedaling forward.