Zoom! – Honoring Axel and His Balance Bike

Last year the #OutdoorFamilies community was rocked with the news of the violent murder of Axel, the son of one of our own – Jen Charrette of Velo Mom. Axel was a vibrant little boy who loved to ride his Strider balance bike, and adored his parents and older brother Kalden.

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Axel riding his Strider Balance Bike. (Photo credit Velo Mom)

Wanting to honor the memory of their beloved son, the Charettes founded The Axel Project, a non-profit organization with a mission to introduce balance bikes and instruction to kids in need, from 18 months to 5 years old.

Zoom!

On the first anniversary of Axel’s passing, the Charettes launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund “Zoom!” – a children’s picture book about a little boy (based on Axel) and his balance bike adventures.

The #OutdoorFamilies bloggers have come together to support Zoom! and the Charrette Family in their new endeavor. We think “Zoom!” is a beautiful way to commemorate the life of Axel, and introduce little ones to the joys of riding a balance bike.

We hope you’ll give to the Kickstarter campaign and help make “Zoom!” a reality.

Our fellow #OutdoorFamilies bloggers are also supporting this project!

  1. The Joy of Riding, Outdoors, Mud & a Little Boy by Chasqui Mom
  2. Making Lemonade Out of Life’s Lemons by Mommy Loves Trees
  3. Zoom! The Story of a Boy & His Balance Bike by Tales of a Mountain Family
  4. Zoom! The Healing Power of Two Wheels by Expect Adventure
  5. It’s a Delightful, Dazzling, Dream-Filled Dirty World by Rocks and Sun
  6. Let’s Give a Kickstart to Zoom! The Story of a Boy & His Balance Bike by Mommyhiker.com
  7. Today is Zoom Day by On The Beaten Path
  8. Bloggies, Bikes & Books by Velomom
  9. An Amazing Kickstarter campaign for Zoom & The Axel Project by Active Kids Active Family
  10. Zoom! Remembering Axel’s Love of Biking by Colorado Mountain Mom
  11. Zoom Day – Let’s Get The First Balance Bike Book Published! by Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

About Jen

Outdoor adventurer and traveler. Writer, Photographer & Communications Professor. Wife. Mom of twins plus one. Tubbs Snowshoes Ambassador. Blogger at gayfamilytrips.com.

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