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Armless Herff Elementary student gets special gift

David Cortez, 7, born without arms, gets special bicyle

SAN ANTONIO - Students gathered outside of Herff Elementary School Thursday morning for what was orchestrated to look like a bicycle safety seminar.

But it was all a ruse to set up a special surprise for a special second-grader.

David Cortez, 7, was born with no arms and while he's learned to do quite a lot with his feet, there is one thing he can't do.

Cortez can't ride a bike -- or at least he couldn't, before Thursday.

Herff Elementary School Principal Traci Smith gathered all of the students, who were in on the surprise, cheered as Cortez's name was drawn in a rigged raffle for a bike helmet.

When Cortez told Smith he didn't have a bike to ride, Smith said, 'Oh yes, you do!"

That's when a special modified bicycle was revealed and met with a big smile from a grateful child.



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