Big bike donation for little battler

By Andrew Bonallack -
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Six-year-old Roxy Anderson, is all smiles as she claims her first pedal bike, donated by The Warehouse Masterton. PHOTO/ANDREW BONALLACK
Six-year-old Roxy Anderson, is all smiles as she claims her first pedal bike, donated by The Warehouse Masterton. PHOTO/ANDREW BONALLACK

It's a serious business, choosing your first pedal bike.

That was the earnest discussion between The Warehouse Masterton manager Richard Hamilton, Nikki Anderson and her daughter Roxy, who has multiple pterygium syndrome.

Yesterday, The Warehouse gifted Roxy a sizeable two-wheeler, with training wheels, after Warehouse founder Stephen Tindall spotted the Masterton six-year-old's story in the New Zealand Herald.

He contacted his manager in Masterton, asking whether something could be done.

Roxy was born with multiple pterygium syndrome, or Escobar syndrome, which causes an array of orthopaedic disorders and joint contractures, spinal curvature, and distinctive facial features like drooping eyelids, a small jaw and low-set ears.

She had endured nine medical procedures during her lifetime so far, with an eight-hour surgery to reconstruct her feet when she was aged about 1-year-old.

Viewing the range of bikes on offer, Roxy stood against the wall measuring chart, as tall as she could, and insisted she was more than capable of handling a serious bike.

"I'm not little," she declared, disdaining the plastic toy trikes.

After the measurement, Roxy spotted the only possible prospect -- a Frozen-themed bicycle.

"Thank you," she said to Mr Hamilton, shaking his hand after he had lowered it from the shelf.

"You're welcome," he replied.

Ms Anderson said Roxy knew she was getting a bike that day and had been very excited.

"She never had a two-wheeler before," she said.

"This is going to be awesome for her legs."

The Times-Age had reported how Ms Anderson had started a Givealittle page to help pay for a second pair of expensive orthotic footwear for winter, a home-use walking frame, and swimming and ballet lessons.

The story was run nationally in the Herald, attracting Mr Tindall's attention.

Mr Hamilton said it went all the way to Mr Tindall, "and it came back from him, can we help out.

"It was pretty neat to get his attention."

The donation was possible via the store's bag programme.

Mr Hamilton said people pay 10 cents if they want a plastic carry bag.

"We don't take any of that -- it goes back into the local community," said Mr Hamilton.

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