DES MOINES, Iowa -- A 7-year-old girl has been overcoming obstacles since birth, but now Lily Frank and her family are facing another one.
“When she was born, I think we were told daily she’s not going to make it, she’s not going to make it she’s not going to make it,” her mother, Terra, said.
Lily was born four months early and she spent six months in the neonatal intensive care unit. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and hydrocephalus, which is when there is an abnormal amount of fluid in the brain.
But Lily did make it. Forty surgeries later, she can now walk with help and she’s made up her mind that she wants something else every health kid has.
“I want a bike!” she said.
But the adaptive bike she needs costs $7,000, and her insurance won’t pay for it.
“It’s none weight-bearing movement of the same muscles, so she can still use them. She can still get the strength she needs from them, and it may be the ticket to keeping her out of a wheelchair forever,” Terra Frank said.
Lily’s mothers said the adaptive bike would allow her to ride along with her sister, Mia. When a family friend heard that the bike was out of financial reach, he wanted to help.
“My wife almost broke down in tears and started telling me about this little girl,” said Dan Frye, co-owner of Bombshell Betty’s, the salon the Franks go to.
Frye and his wife started a GoFundMe page to help Lily get the $7,000 she needs to get the bike.
“I’m a father of four, so it pulled at my heart strings. I’m confident we’re going to get there. Hell or high water, we’re going to get there,” Frye said.
Even though they’re thousands of dollars away, Lily already has the colors picked out.
“Yellow, with green stickers,” she said.
Her bike will match her homemade walker, which is decorated with her motto: “Don't back up! Don't back down!”
“It’s potentially going to change her life, and I don’t even know what to say to the people at the salon. I can’t say anything except ‘thank you,’” Frank said.
Bombshell Betty’s is offering free salon treatments and other incentives when you donate on GoFundMe.
Call the salon’s Des Moines location at 274-1577 or Clive location 987-2331 for more information.