|My son ripping it on his balance bike|
A year ago, the life of young two year old Axel Charrette ended with great tragedy but his mom, Jennifer, of the Velo Mom blog, started the Axel Project to commemorate his life. Axel loved riding his Strider bike and Jen wanted to find a way to bring joy to other children in the same way Axel had brought joy to those his life touched. The project was born out of great pain but seeks to bring happiness to children in need with the goal of putting all kids on wheels, something I passionately endorse. I don't want to relive what happened a year ago or go into details on Axel's death, but for more information on the Axel Project and how you can help get kids on wheels, follow this link to the Axel Project website.
|Axel on his Strider Bike, Age 2|
The latest news with the Axel Project is the launch of a Kickstarter project to launch the first ever children's book that will feature a child using a Strider bike in his adventures. I quote Jen's husband's words below off the Axel Project website:
We have launched the Kickstarter for our amazing new children's book ZOOM! We are so excited to finally have this book moving forward. Zoom! is a book about a little boy discovering the world around him on his balance bike. He has a big brother and a dog that join in and he is based on Axel. Axel loved to rip around on his Strider and I think this book is going to be a wonderful tribute to him. Currently we are over half way to meeting our kickstarter funding goal of $8000.
To view the project video, click here and please support this incredible project. I've already made my pledge and I encourage you to follow me in supporting the mission to get all children on bikes as well as to see a book published that our children on balance bikes will finally be able to relate to.
There's 16 days to go in the Kickstarter campaign and so far, there are 150 backers with over $6000 pledged towards the final goal. To read more about the campaign and to make your own pledge, visit the website at Zoom! The Story of a Boy and his Balance Bike.
Let's get this book published! And for a minimum pledge of $15, ($20 for Canadians), you will get an autographed copy of the book when it's published.
Other supporters of the Axel Project:
Expect Adventure: Zoom, The Healing Power of Two Wheels
Rocks and Sun: It’s a Delightful, Dazzling, Dream-Filled, Dirty World
Tales of a Mountain Mama: Zoom - The Story of a Boy and His Balance Bike
Chasqui Mom: The Joy of Riding, Outdoors, Mud and a Little Boy
Velo Mom: Bloggies, Bikes, and Books
Mommy Loves Trees: Making Lemonade out of Life's Lemons
On the Beaten Path: Today is Zoom Day
Mommy Hiker: Let’s Give a Kick Start to ZOOM!
Active Kids Active Family: Amazing Kickstarter Campaign for Zoom and the Axel Project
Colorado Mountain Mom: Zoom! Remembering Axel's Love of Biking
Adventurous Moms: Honoring Axel and his Balance Bike