WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) --- Brady Conn has had more health issues than he can count and at the age of 9-years-old he's already had six surgeries.
He has Spina Bifida so he wears braces on his legs and needs crutches to walk. When Brady was born he was given a ten percent chance to live. From the mental delays, to a heart condition, and then to rare allergies, Brady deals with a lot on a daily basis.
Brady's health conditions haven't stopped him from doing the things that he loves, but now that he's getting older his family fears that it will. They've entered into a competition to win him a special needs bike so that he can live as close to a normal life that many of us take for granted.
Riding a bike is a summer favorite for many 9-year-olds, but especially for someone like Brady Conn. "He has no limitations on his bike. The freedom that he has, that's just it," said his mother Anna Conn.
Since Brady walks with braces on his legs, freedom doesn't come easy. "he's really getting too big for his other one. It's kind of hard for him to ride it sitting down," 8-year-old brother Nelson Conn said.
Brady is getting so big for his bike, he needs to stand on it. He uses his arms to keep it moving. Even thought it's hard work, he keeps a smile on his face and a joke in his pocket. When we asked him what he says to girls when they roll the window down, he replied, "Hello ladies."
Brady couldn't cruise the streets without his brother and best friend Nelson. At first glance, it looks like your average relationship. "Fun, sometimes boring, sometimes we fight," said Nelson. When you ask Nelson why he wants his brother to win a competition for a new special needs bike, it's not your average 8-year-old response. "I just love Brady so much. I would do anything to protect him. That's how much I love him."
It's that love that brings their mom to tears and keeps this family grateful for any good news that comes their way. "His heart health is getting better. I was so happy about that I almost cried," said Nelson.
But when you're 9-year-old Brady Conn, and you don't quite understand your health condition, what really makes you happy is just the breeze from behind a bike and the chance to be a kid.
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