Fraternity Surprises Boy With Special Needs Bike

It was the kickoff for summer vacation Friday at Westgate Elementary School in Omaha.

For one little boy, he already knows this is a summer he'll never forget. This is after a local fraternity changed his life with the gift of a bicycle.

Eight-year-old Jackson Becher has trouble getting around on his own.

However, that changed Friday at a school assembly when members of UNL's Alpha Tau Omega fraternity surprised him with a brand new bike.

"It was almost an immediate decision among everyone that this is a big opportunity to help. Everyone was all on board for it," said Wade Reigle, of ATO.

Jackson's family had entered him in to win a raffle for a special needs bike in March, but he didn't make the cut.

Then, his family, friends, and teacher started planning a fundraiser to get him one anyway, until they were surprised by the generosity of the ATO fraternity.

ATO paid for it after hearing about Jackson.

Jackson and his parents are overwhelmed by the support.

"I can't explain," said Nicole Halpine, Jackson's mother.

"We're very excited and very happy for him. I'm very excited, and very happy for his opportunity for him to expand his playing time, and enjoy his summer on his bike," said Jason Becher, Jackson's father.

As Jackson rolled out of the school's gym assembly like a superstar, his parents just wanted to show their appreciation.

"He's really lucky to have such great people in his life," Halpine said.

The ATO fraternity didn't even hold a fundraiser for Jackson's cause. The members just chipped in the funds as soon as they heard about his case.


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