SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Bob ‘The Bike Man’ Charland is back at it again, bringing joy and a set of wheels to local kids who may otherwise never ride a bicycle.
22News first introduced you to Bob Charland a couple of months ago.
After getting diagnosed with a terminal illness, Bob has made it his mission to spend whatever time he has left fixing bikes for kids in need. “Their face lights up, its pure joy for a kid to get something like this and then AAA donates the helmets, we put water bottles and water bottle holders on every single bike. We have a bike going out today for a kid who put special training wheels on because he’s special needs. I mean we’re doing everything to make these kids happy,” he said.
Bob has been such an inspiration, the community has started donating bikes to his cause. “Bikes are coming in every single day, since this has started, there hasn’t been a day bikes haven’t been dropped off.”
Bob loaded 30 bikes into trucks Wednesday, and continued his mission at Boland Elementary School in Springfield, where students were given bikes for perfect attendance.
The students had no idea he was coming, and couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw their reward.
Donail Aguilar of Springfield was one of the students who received a bike. He told 22News, he has one message for Bob. “Thanks for the bike, and I hope God blesses you.”
Erica Colon, one of the student’s mothers told 22News, she’s extremely grateful for Bob’s generosity. “He’s amazing, for you to go out of your way, in such an amazing program is just absolutely spectacular,” she said.
Earlier this year, Charland was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease, a terminal illness that hasn’t slowed him down. Watch highlights from today’s bike delivery on 22News at Noon and Starting at 5:00 p.m.!
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