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Make-A-Wish Helps Local Girl Be Able to Continue Her Favorite Hobby

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 A local girl, Shania Vandevander, only has one wish after being diagnosed with her medical condition, and that is to be able to ride her bike with her brothers again.

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Monday evening Shania’s wish came true. She was given a brand new adaptive bike. It was even brought to her via a Clarksburg fire truck.

“She loves to ride a bike and she hasn’t been able to do that since October of 2013,” says Shania’s Mother, Tia Vandevander. “They asked her one day what her one day what her wish would be and her wish was "to be able to ride a bike again with her brothers.”

Chris Rupp has been biking across the country to raise money and awareness for the Make-A-Wish foundation. 

He started his trek on May 28th in Seattle, Washington and will finish his 6,000-mile journey in Miami, Florida on August 7th.

“Today is actually special because the gift of a wish was a bike and being that I’ve been living on my bike for about seven weeks or so,” said Rupp. “It’s pretty awesome to be a part of that. It’s amazing what some kids wish.”

“It’s exciting, it almost brought tears to my eyes. It makes her happy and I think she will have a lot of use out of it,” said Vandevander. “I can’t wait to see her ride it, I think I’ll probably cry when she can ride her bike again.”

Donations can be made online at

For more information on Make-A-Wish, you can visit their website at
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