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04/20/07

Hometown Heroes--Little Red Dog Foundation and Donors

You wouldn't know it by looking at him on the bike, but this past weekend was the first time 12-year-old Shawn Lee peddled a bicycle. You wouldn't know it by looking at him on the bike, but this past weekend was the first time 12-year-old Shawn Lee peddled a bicycle.

Children who have never been able to ride bikes before because of their disabilities now can and it's all thanks to some hometown heroes who are going out of their way to make life better for others.

You wouldn't know it by looking at him on the bike, but this past weekend was the first time 12-year-old Shawn Lee peddled a bicycle.

A bike he calls "cool."

Cool, because with these new wheels, Shawn will be able to do things he's never had the chance to.

"He'll be able to do this with his brother and dad," said Shawn's mother, Melina Lee. "When they ride bikes, he'll be able to ride bikes as well."

For Arrie Kinney, this bike is a dream come true.

"It's so much fun because it's easier to ride this one than the other bikes," said Arrie.

"It's great seeing her flying around," said Arrie's mother, Marlene Kinney. "It's given her so much more freedom to be able to keep up with other kids in the neighborhood."

Arrie and Shawn are just two of more than a dozen children who recently received these special cycles, each made specifically for their needs. It's all thanks to Ann Guthrie and the Little Red Dog Foundation she started to raise money for the bikes.

"The donations have never stopped coming in since December, 2005," said Gutherie. "It's just amazing what the community has done."

Guthrie says seeing all these children enjoying their new gifts makes all her hard work worth it.

"This is one of the best days of my life," she told us.

It's also a day that many of these parents have been waiting for.

"To see her be able to do things we've always wanted to see her do is wonderful," said Amanda Smith, whose daughter received a bike.

That's why Ann Gutherie, along with all of the organizations and donors who gave to the Little Red Dog Foundation, and the Lady's Island Firefighters who put the cycles together, are all WTOC Hometown Heroes.

For more information about the Little Red Dog Foundation, go to thelittlereddogfoundation.org. Donations can be made at South Carolina Bank & Trust on Lady's Island or you can send donations to:

The Little Red Dog Foundation
c/o South Carolina Bank & Trust
182B Sea Island Parkway
Lady's Island, SC 29907

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com 

If you'd like to nominate a Hometown Hero, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email  us.

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