BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Ten months after losing 3-year-old Maksym, the Sugorovskiy family is keeping his legacy alive.
The family recently started “Maksym’s Wheel Project.” It helps provide therapeutic bicycles to children who have lost range of motion.
It’s their way of carrying on one of Maksym’s dreams.
“It was a couple weeks before Maksym passed away, and he actually just graduated to his big boy bike. So that was a big milestone for him, and he said, the day that he moved to his training wheels, he said ‘I would really like to donate,’ he used the word donate, and said ‘I would like to donate my bike to a kid who doesn’t have one.,'” recalls mom, Mary Sugorovskiy.
At 3-years-old, not only did Maksym know what the word donate meant, he cared deeply for people he didn’t even know.
His life was cut short May 30, when he was struck by a car in Delaware Park.
“There was just this light that shined through him,” Mary told News 4.
The project is also close to home, because Maksym’s older sister, Stephanie, relies on therapeutic bikes for her recovery; she too, was at Delaware Park that day.
“Since then she’s lost a significant range of motion in her lower extremities and has had to use therapeutic bicycles to slowly help her gain back that range of motion,” Mary said.
The charity is a side project, part of a larger foundation the family created, appropriately named “Maksym’s Giving Tree Foundation.”
“One of Maksym’s most favorite books was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. And the character of that tree in that book, very much reminded us of the way that Maksym was.”
The foundation raises money to bring speakers to schools to spread messages of hope, and kindness, just like Maksym did.
Mary told News 4 the foundation is still relatively new, but that she’s already received some interest from speakers.