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Why is Claire trying to raise $30,000? When the Corbetts, a typical family with three kids, heard it would cost that amount to air ambulance their "Dominican son" Piki to a St. Louis hospital to save his life,they did not hesitate. "When the life of someone you love is at risk," states Piki's St. Louis Mom, Kate Corbett, "money is not part of the equation." Even though their oldest child is going to college next year and they have a pile of their own medical bills, it just didn't matter. They acted quickly and Piki's life was saved. As Claire Reinbold bikes from coast to coast, she is Pedaling for Piki and trying to share the financial load with Piki's family which includes his ongoing and expensive anti-seizure medications. So please join in and Share the Road with Claire!
"Who is Piki?" you may be wondering...Well, here is his story:
For an 8 year-old, Juan Aquino, nicknamed "Piki", has had quite a life journey thus far. He has traveled to the US more than a dozen times, undergone multiple surgeries including amputations of his legs, and is fluent in English and Spanish. He is from a very poor village in the Dominican Republic where he lives in an extremely modest home with his parents and seven siblings. Although Piki has no running water or electricity in his home, he makes the transition to life in St. Louis with ease on his many trips through World Pediatric Project for medical and prosthetic care. Piki was only a year and a half old when he first lit up the smiles of many faces in St. Louis and has captured the hearts of many, especially the family who has hosted him in their home the past eight years.
Piki's journey took a turn on April 16, 2013. He went to
school like any other day in the neighboring town of Azua in the DR and upon
his arrival became violently ill. The
episode started with intense vomiting, followed by grand mal seizures and soon after
his father arrived and took him to a local clinic, Piki lost consciousness. He was brought to the hospital where he was
in a coma for three days, while he continued to have intense and lengthy seizures. With limited diagnostic and medical resources,
the physicians at the local hospital were able to stabilize him enough to
enable him to fly to St. Louis by air ambulance the only choice as his critical
condition did not allow him to fly commercially or via a charter flight.
He arrived at St. Louis Children's Hospital on April 21st and after twelve days in the hospital, numerous tests and procedures; they were able to bring his intense seizures under control. He now continues his recovery at his St. Louis home, gaining back weight and strength, surrounded by the love and support of many, and talking often to his family back in the DR, who are all flooded with relief that he is on the road to healing. He is doing so well that he was able to attend his host brother's graduation! He's ready to get back once again to being a kid… and can't wait to be strong enough to do his favorite thing … ride his bike!
For more information on PIki and to experience the ride, go to www.clairetheroad.com and follow the journey!