The gift of a bicycle gives an Ottumwa man his independence back
By Kate Allt
Mon, 12 May 2014 20:59:53 GMT — The delivery of a bicycle made one cyclist's dream come true Monday. A severe case of diabetes caused Shannon Terrell to begin to lose his vision. While it had an impact on his health, it also impacted his independence. "Over time, we worked with his residential provider and got his diabetes under control, he lost some weight and got those things," said Monica VanGalder, case manager with Southeast Iowa Case Management. "But the thing with his vision loss was that he loved to ride bicycles, he could ride his bike around town, he could walk around the neighborhood, so it kept him very independent in that way." VanGalder helped Shannon submit an application to DreamWeavers at Tenco. DreamWeavers assists individuals with independent living or employment needs, or with any other dreams or aspirations. Shannon's application was approved and a dual side-by-side bike was designed to fit his specific needs. Monday morning, Shannon was able to ride again, alongside his instructor, Teri Scholtus. The entire process of getting the bike through DreamWeavers took about a year. "It was a long process and we're very glad to see it here," VanGalder said. "But as long as it makes him happy, it's a good thing."
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