LEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Bob the Bike Man delivered a specialty bike Friday to a young woman in Lee.
Emily Nutt is 23-years-old and has a developmental disability. She had never been able to ride a two-wheel-bike before because typical bikes can be difficult for people who have stability struggles.
“The smiles on the kids and the parents faces and looking at all the other members of law enforcement. Their reaction when they’re able to do this for people in the community,” said Bob the Bike Man Charland.
The Massachusetts military support program through the VA contacted Bob about Emily. They’re a gold star family after her father, David Nutt, a bronze star recipient, was killed in Afghanistan in 2002.
Emily’s mother, Heidi Nutt, told 22News, “This is amazing, this is such a great thing for Emily. She is a kid that doesn’t really ask for much in life and I want her to fit in as much as possible with the community and with her sister.”
Bob brought three trikes to see which Emily would like and a bike for her 15-year-old sister so they can ride together.
“With her sister, this will be great, they’ll be able to go riding together and maybe fit in a little bit more with everybody,” said Heidi.
Officers from multiple police departments helped pull off the surprise. Officer Clarence also made a special appearance with Officer Gordan, rivaling which surprise Emily loved more.
“Pedal Thru Youth is nothing but positive for our youth and kids and the community. Wherever it is that we’re bringing these bikes, the smile on these kids are priceless,” said Holyoke Police Officer Emil Morales.
Bob says he’s been flooded with requests recently for bikes for those with special needs. He and his organization, Pedal Thru Youth, are one of only a couple local organizations that make specialty bikes.