Bob Charland’s story was featured on the CW series “My Last Days” which showcases people who are dying from various diseases but making the most of their last days.
Bob Charland is a real life superhero with a heart of gold from Springfield, Massachusetts. At 44-years-old, Bob’s living with a neurodegenerative brain disease caused by injuries he sustained working a second job as a bouncer and bodyguard. And while Bob’s days are numbered, all he wants to do is give back to the community that’s always supported him.
Soon after his terminal diagnosis, Bob started Pedal Thru Youth, a non-profit that fixes old bicycles and donates them to underprivileged youth. An auto mechanic for the past twenty years, Bob personally restores bicycles late into the evening after his day job, tightening wheels, adjusting seats and positioning handlebars.
What started as a passion project has mushroomed into a community phenomenon, resulting in hundreds of bicycles donated, even earning Bob the nickname “The Bike Man.” Bob’s ultimate goal is to promote positivity in the lives children by encouraging them to put down their phones, leave the couch, and get outside.
You can watch the episode on CWTV.com if you missed it!