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Packers' DreamDrive is extra special for Fox Point 5-year-old

Posted at 8:40 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 06:17:47-04

GREEN BAY — The DreamDrive goes back to the Lombardi era. It was in 1959 when players started riding kids bikes to training camp, and it's been the tradition ever since. On Thursday, 5-year-old Jemma Blechacz of Fox Point was chosen for a special ride. She tossed her crutches aside before buckling up.

"She’s excited. I think she’s just most excited to ride the bike," said Phil Blechacz.

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Jemma was born with spina bifida. Her parents didn't think she would ever ride, but her adaptive bike changed everything.

"She’s not just able to compensate; she’s actually able to use all the right muscles. It’s super fun for her but also great for her body," said Phil.

Jemma got to ride alongside kicker Mason Crosby. Phil was more nervous than his daughter.

"I think she’s just trying to soak it all in with all these people and everything going on," said Blechacz.

"It’s a really unique opportunity to celebrate a milestone with Jemma, and it’s fun to do it in a big way," said Bethany Blechacz.

And the best part, according to Jemma?

"Riding with Mason," said Jemma.