2019 GABR Stars Each year GABR Stars are selected to serve as ambassadors for the race. These individuals have received assistance through dollars raised by GABR teams and riders. They help us promote the race by sharing their stories of the impact that GABR has had on them. This year our GABR Stars are:
Fredrick White loves to laugh. You’d quickly discover that his sweet chuckle is contagious.
The 7-year-old is not only kindhearted, but he's hardworking and determined not to let cerebral palsy keep him from living life to its fullest.
"His joy, kindness and persistent spirit cause him to shine brightly everywhere he goes," said Fredrick's mom, Jessica White. "We are all so proud of him. He completes what he sets out to do even if it takes a bit longer than some."
With the support of the Sanford Children's Pediatric Therapies team, Fredrick has made great progress. Fredrick is now in the first grade, and after many recesses, he achieved one of his greatest feats: making it across the monkey bars on his own.
The Great American Bike Race (GABR) has helped make Fredrick's success possible. Funds from the annual event have helped the family with costs not covered by insurance and made it possible for Fredrick to continue to receive the best care, close to home.
By supporting GABR, you help make anything possible for local kids like Fredrick.
Emma Williams never quits smiling, no matter how tough things get. Even when she is frustrated, her bright smile rarely disappears.
At just 5 years old, Emma talks to everyone she meets, likes to draw and dances to her own beat — even when cerebral palsy keeps her from moving like other kids.
“With her driven attitude and positive demeanor, I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Emma’s mom, Roxy Alyea. “She can make anyone’s day. She does her own thing and makes her own way, and you just never know what’s going to come out of her mouth.”
Emma can get around in her customized hot pink and purple sparkling wheelchair. It has a special mechanism that allows her to steer in any direction using just her right hand. With the support of the Sanford Children's Pediatric Therapies team, she’s also getting better at using her walker, and one day, Roxy believes she’ll walk on her own.
The Great American Bike Race (GABR) has helped make Emma’s success possible. Funds from the annual event have helped the family with costs not covered by insurance including Emma’s special wheelchair, some therapy sessions and other treatments.
By supporting GABR, you help local kids, like Emma, continue to reach for the stars.