With only one look at Dhruv’s face in the photo, you can tell he is ecstatic to debut his new bike to his classmates at Green Hope Elementary School. Seven-year-old Dhruv suffers from cerebral palsy, a condition which causes spastic muscle movements and makes it nearly impossible for him to ride a bike … that is until he won the Duet Bike from the Great Bike Giveaway.
Earlier this year, Dhruv thought he was simply riding his new bike to school, but when he arrived he realized he was in for a huge surprise.
This scene might not have happened if not for Andrew Valkanoff, owner and operator of Triangle Dairy Queen and a Clairemont client.
Back in March, Andrew agreed to hang fliers encouraging people to vote for Dhruv in all three Triangle Dairy Queen locations on one of the busiest days of the year – Free Cone Day. That was just the beginning. When Andrew met Dhruv in person, Dhruv’s big smile and positive attitude stole Andrew’s heart, and Andrew committed to making sure Dhruv won the adaptive bike. With the help of Facebook, Twitter and media stories, Dhruv secured the most votes … and a new bike!
To make sure the school celebration was complete. Andrew even donated ice cream to Dhruv and all of his classmates. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that!
Want to see a few other fun events we’ve done with Dairy Queen? Check out our special DQ Frozen gig!