Kids Wish Network and George's Cycles Bring Teen New Bike

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Garrett Weaver, a 16-year-old high school student, and his mother Chelsy walked into the Front Street location of George's Cycles on Thursday, April 26, his eyes wide. Before him stood a brand new Specialized SX, a full-suspension downhill mountain bike.

The Florida Kids Wish Network partnered with George's Cycles and Fitness and Specialized Bicycle Components to bring him the new bike as part of their wish-granting program. Garrett could hardly contain a wide grin.

"I want to do a little bit of cross country, a little bit of downhill. My old bike is a single-speed," he said.

Garrett's tiny BMX bike wasn't suited for mountain biking, but despite his six-foot, two-inch frame having outgrown the bike, he displayed a passion for cycling at the Eagle Velodrome.

Chelsy Weaver and her teenage son Garrett celebrate his new mountain bike.
  • Chelsy Weaver and her teenage son Garrett celebrate his new mountain bike.

Garrett suffers from Common Variable Immune Deficiency, a condition that leaves him without a sufficient number of antibodies to fight off illnesses. He deals with painful illnesses, swelling joints and must receive a gamma globulin infusion every month.

"He misses a lot of school," said Chris Housel, his principal at Meridian Technical Charter High School. "But he always makes up the work. He never complains, and he doesn't make excuses. "

Garrett said that when the rainy weather ended, he had plans to bring the bike to the first dry trail he found.

Despite the rain, Garrett Weaver took the new Specialized out for a spin.
  • Despite the rain, Garrett Weaver took his new Specialized SX, a full-suspension downhill mountain bike, out for a spin.