Upland girl receives $5000 bike from Variety, after hers was stolen

UPLAND (CBSLA.com) — A 10-year-old girl Thursday received a special bike to help alleviate her disabilities.

Kayla Hall has suffered from a congenital disease, known as Prader-Willi Syndrome, since birth. The syndrome causes low muscle tone, reduced mental ability and insatiable hunger. Kayla also suffers from a severe form of juvenile scoliosis, and wears a cast to correct her spine.

Unfortunately, the back condition left her unable to do the one thing she loves the most, which is to ride a bike, unaided.

Kayla’s mother, Melissa, was unable to afford the $5,000 bicycle that would accommodate the special needs.

CBS2 and KCAL9 viewers stepped up to help out after Melissa — a single working mother — set up a GoFundMe page.

“I thought it was a dream,” Melissa told CBS2’s Kristine Lazar, “I thought this kind of stuff doesn’t happen.”

On Thursday morning the dream came true when Kayla got a bike. The dream started in February when CBS2 first did a piece on Kayla and her need for wheels.

After the piece aired, funds poured in.

“That night, I was in my living room,” says Castillo, “I was crying and laughing all at the same time.”

One individual alone gave $3,000. The $5,000 goal was quickly shattered.

And then the news got even better, a local non-profit — Variety: The Children’s Charity of Southern California — offered to donate the bike so Castillo could save the GoFundMe money for Kayla’s daily care.

“When you put a child with disabilities on a bike,” says Elizabeth O’Neill with Variety Children’s Charity, “those disabilities often just fade away.”

Castillo is in awe of the generosity of the public and Variety.

To make a donation to Variety of Southern California, Click the “Donate” button on the right side of your screen.

This story was taken from CBSLA.com