Blue Springs, MO (KCTV) — Sometimes in life you have to be innovative when curveballs get thrown your way.
From the day Charlotte Purvis was born, she’s had to be innovative, and she is certainly determined.
The Blue Springs girl would like to do everything that other kids do, and that includes riding a bike.
When Purvis needs something, like a glass of water, she goes for it.
Even if that means having to pull over a kitchen chair to the counter. Climbing up onto the chair and then pulling herself up onto the counter. Then walking on the counter to get a glass out of the cupboard and then over to the sink to fill up her cup.
4-year-old Charlotte is about the same height as her 2-year-old brother. She has a ribbon attached to her bedroom door so she can open and close it when she wants to.
Her mom, Allie Purvis, says that about 70 percent of people who have dwarfism have achondroplasia and about 80 percent of people who have achondroplasia have average height parents, like Charlotte.
She may be just 31 inches tall, but she is like any other kid. Charlotte wants to ride a bike and even told her mom when Allie sat down with KCTV5’s Ellen McNamara to do an interview.
But to ride a bike, the bubbly kid would need a custom one.
“It was just very difficult because even the smallest children’s bike has about a ten inch wheel,” Allie Purvis said. “She has about a nine inch inseam, and it just wasn’t going to work.”
Through The Little People of America Website, the Purvis family found a man in California who makes custom bikes.
The customization would cost around $500.
The family learned about Variety, The Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City and thought they could help.
“We applied and waited for their grant,” Allie Purvis said. “It was accepted and they were able to pay for the bike for Charlotte. We sent off about 15 specific measurements on her and he made it custom for the colors we asked for, and type. It was perfect for her.”
Charlotte picked out the colors as well as a horn and basket.
Now that she has her own bike she can ride with her siblings and all of her friends in her neighborhood.
“For her, it helps her feel like a big girl ,” Allie Purvis said.
Charlotte likes to lead the way, something her mom believes she will continue to do.
Eventually when Charlotte is ready to drive a car, she will need pedal extenders to help her reach the pedals.
KCTV5 is proud to partner with Variety, The Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City. The non-profit provides children who have a disability with equipment that allows them to participate in activities that all other children do.
To learn more about Variety KC and the work they do to help local children, visit their website (http://varietykc.org/).
By Ellen McNamara