Jase Leddy - Gettin' the Lead Out
If you need a lesson in being cool, just ask Jase Leddy. At first glance, if you saw the 25-year-old Abilene, Texas, native riding down the street, you might think he was driving a motorcycle like his father, Jim.
Jase, who has Down syndrome, recently acquired a Sport Rider Mobility Scooter from Pride Mobility Products®. The Sport Rider resembles a motorcycle, so Jase feels just like his father when he's driving it.
"His dad has a Harley Davidson®," Jase's mother, Arlene Leddy, said. "He took him for rides on it sometimes, but now, with the Sport Rider, they can ride together, side by side."
Upon receiving his Sport Rider, Jase was ecstatic, hopping on it immediately.
"When Jim showed it to him, he said, 'For me, Dad?'" Arlene said. "He got on it, and off he went. He's loved it ever since."
Jase uses his Sport Rider for fun, but it also helps him run errands and visit his neighbors. Thanks to the unit's rear storage pod, he can also take his hat, helmet, gloves, and other belongings with him.
"Jase tends to get tired when he walks," Arlene said. "We live around a lake with a lot of houses, so if he wants to get around the neighborhood, he has a lot of ground to cover. Fortunately, the Sport Rider takes fatigue out of the equation."
In addition to his Sport Rider, Jase enjoys plenty of other things. He plays basketball, bowls, and listens to music. In particular, Jase likes country music, and country singer George Strait is his hero.
"He knows all of George Strait's songs," Arlene said. "Some time ago, we bought tickets to see him in concert. We weren't going to tell Jase because it was supposed to be a surprise, but he figured it out."
Jase had been to other concerts, but he had never seen George Strait. He was so excited for it that he picked out his outfit days in advance.
When he was in high school, Jase got involved in a job program and worked at various places, bagging groceries and volunteering for Meals on Wheels. Always willing to help out his family, which also includes his 29-year-old brother, Josh, Jase often assists his mother with grocery shopping.
Ultimately, Arlene says, Jase enjoys life and is always smiling.
"It doesn't matter what he's doing," Arlene said. "Jase is happy playing video games, watching The Price is Right, or swimming on a hot day. But the Sport Rider allows him do even more, and we're all very grateful for that."