Youth recovering after accident

Published 1:25 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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Tony Kim of Keysville had the opportunity to enjoy a bike ride this past weekend, thanks to a donation from a Richmond-based organization.

REACHcycles is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to providing adapted trikes to children and veterans with disabilities.

REACHcycles was established in 2014 by James Howard, who was injured while serving in the military.

Kim, 14, was injured in an automobile accident last August. He and several other members of his family were injured when, according to Virginia State Police, a 2017 Toyota Camry driven by Miroung Go, 45, of Keysville was traveling north on Route 614 in Halifax County when it began pulling across U.S. Route 360 and was struck by a tractor-trailer.

Kim spent many weeks in the hospital, recovering from his injuries and still requires much-needed care.

According to Kim’s dad Ohhwan Kim, Tony came home from the hospital in February. “We take him twice to three times a week to his outpatient therapy sessions or doctors’ appointments at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU,” Kim said. “Progress remains painfully slow, but definitely positive.

According to Kim, they are awaiting a custom wheelchair for Tony, but the donated bike has helped Tony feel better.

“This means a lot,” Kim said. “Tony has been disappointed at his reality and sighed every night saying ‘Dad, I want to run’. He misses his old days as he was a top-level soccer player in his age level in Virginia before the injury but just the past four days with the tricycle, he has never felt depressed and never said that.”