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Webb City, MO family collecting donations for wheelchair bicycle

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Glutaric Aciduria Type 1 is a rare condition found in nearly one of every 30,000 to 40,000 people.

A Webb City teenager has the condition, and his family is currently raising funds to purchase new equipment they feel will bring a lot of joy into his life.

Like most 17-year-olds, Dylan Phillips enjoys a good adrenaline rush.

"He is just full of life and spirit, and orneriness," said Rene Phillips, Dylan's mother. "Every time you talk about his bike, he gets excited."

Dylan's family is raising donations on a GoFundMe page to purchase an adaptable wheelchair bicycle.

"Usually when we bike ride, my husband and I have to take turns because we can't ride with Dylan, so this would give us a chance to just really go and do things together as a family again," Phillips said.

Dylan seems to like the idea.

"He doesn't talk, but he communicates with his facial expressions," Phillips said.

$3,300 in donations has been raised so far, nearly 70 percent of the funds needed to purchase the bicycle.

"Sharing it means everything, just as much as a donation because it spreads the word," Phillips.

Phillips says she has been overwhelmed by the generosity of those who have already donated.

A couple preschool teachers in Webb City are also helping out, by having their students sell flower bulbs to help raise funds for Dylan's bike.

Professionals say the bike would benefit Dylan's well-being.

"It makes a huge difference," said Trent Moore, physical therapist at SERC Physical Therapy in Joplin. "Mindset is a huge thing with any type of physical disorder you're dealing with. If your mood is better, you feel better. If your morale is up, you're going to perform better and feel better overall."

Those who work with Dylan, say there is no one more deserving.

"Dylan is a fantastic young man," said Cristi Trowbridge, Dylan's home health nurse. "He's enriched my life."

While the bike is expensive, family members say the smile on Dylan's face will be priceless.

"It just makes me so happy to see Dylan smile," Phillips said. "For everything he's gone through, it's just a blessing for every little smile we get."

If you would like to make a donation to help fund the purchase of Dylan's bicycle, visit http://www.gofundme.com/dylansbike.
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