BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) — About a dozen children with Genesis Outpatient Pediatric Therapy (GOPEDS) trained for the Junior Bix Race Wednesday. The run allowed children, especially those with disabilities, to participate in a community event.
Katie Powers, physiotherapist for Genesis says they’ve been doing this event for at least 13 years. The run helps families who love running the Bix to get their kids involved, regardless of their abilities. “Having a child with a disability can often be a barrier. They are invited and always welcome and celebrated to be there, it can be overwhelming. To have a practice round and get your feet wet with it and know what to expect makes a big difference,” says Powers.
For seven-and-a-half-year-old Jackson, being on the run is a reminder that he’s an ordinary kid and won’t let his cerebral palsy hold him back. His father Kyle Kuboshek says, “Sometimes it’s more difficult because sometimes his abilities don’t always keep up with his peers.” But seeing his smile on the track, having fun and being excited is “what matters”.
Junior Bix is this Friday for kids ages five to 12. There is a special running track for people with disabilities with adjustments that can be made.
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