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Adult Tricycle Means New Start For Disable Veteran

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By Adam Ghassemi

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. Bill Bickford will tell you he can't move very fast, but you'd never know it judging by how quickly he tackles chores.

"I walk funny. That's what people say," he joked Wednesday.

Bickford was in the Air Force during the Korean War and made it to Airman First Class fixing teletype machines stateside. Back then, and even in the decades to follow, there was no stopping him.

But in 1988 he hit a brick wall called Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which attacks the nervous system. What first paralyzed him from the knees down is now just numb.

"They feel like they're asleep. That's how my legs feel," he said Wednesday.

That meant giving up something he loves to do until now.

He still has to work at getting on his brand new adult therapeutic AmTryke tricycle, but it's a ride his balance would never let him do on a normal bike.

For Bickford, it means not only more freedom, but a return to riding all over Murfreesboro. That's exactly what the group, AMBUCS that paid for it, hopes he does.

"It's not just on the rehabilitation and the exercising. It's tremendous mental good morale boost for the vets too," said spokesman Bill Fulton.

That means Bickford has a new way to coast through his golden years without letting his disability ever get in the way.

"See the houses go by. Just like Harley-Davidson," he joked.

Fulton said they're always looking for disabled veterans who could qualify and people to partner to pay for the bikes.

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