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Special Olympian gets new tricycle after his is stolen

April 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
An Orange County teenager with Down syndrome whose tricycle was stolen last week got a special treat Tuesday.

After watching the story on ABC7 over the weekend, ASA Products presented the boy an upgraded version of the three-wheel cruiser stolen from his house.

ASA Products, which is the maker of the tricycle, delivered it to Kyle Martinez's Santa Ana home, much to the 14 year old's surprise.

"I'm flabbergasted over this," said Kyle's mother, Loretta. "I'm so excited. I can't wait for him to see the bike."

The family had asked for the person responsible to return the $300 trike. They couldn't afford to buy another one because Kyle's father is not working.

"When I saw Kyle's story on ABC7 News, my heart broke like his," said Melody Hsieh-Hornstra, president of ASA Products. "I felt terrible and sad, so I wanted to help. I wanted to put a big smile on his face again."

And she did, with an improved version worth $500.

When Kyle's story first aired over the weekend, several generous viewers came forward to donate more than $500 through the Santa Ana Police Department Foundation. That money will now go to an organization called Team Up For Down Syndrome, which helps to improve the lives of those with Down syndrome.

"He looks great. So neat to see that," said Kyle's father, Gary, as he looked on. "This is a blessing, A big thank you to everybody."

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