After her custom bike was stolen on May 7, one Calgary kid is finally riding again.
The stolen bicycle was on loan to the Dunn’s from Cerebral Palsy Kids and Families, and would have been returned to their Adaptive Bike Program once Trinity grew out of it.
The Dunn family was going to a receive a specially adapted bike from a member in the community, but that offer had fallen through.
Without that knowledge, those at Big Rig Towing & Recovery banded together to lend a hand – more importantly, a bike.
The company got together with Cerebral Palsy Kids and Families and worked on getting Trinity a new bike. It was made in less than a week.
Yesterday, they all got together to give Trinity her new bike.
Dunn wanted to keep the gift for her daughter a surprise, which only added to the young girl’s excitement.
“[Trinity] was more than thrilled,” she said.
“She was more than happy to be riding around yesterday.”
Big Rig Towing comes through in big way
The Towing company donated both a replacement bike for Trinity, and $1,050 towards the Adaptive Bike Program.
“When the story broke, it just touched all of our employees’ heartstrings, you know? 99% of us have families,” said Tina Paley, owner of Big Rig Towing.
“Everybody jumped on board immediately, there was absolutely no hesitation”
Once Trinity outgrows her new bike, it will go back into the program. The money will then be used to purchase another bike to fit her.
That specially-adapted bicycle will also go back to the Adaptive Bike Program once she can’t use it anymore.
“We’re in tough times, but the good in people is still there,” said Carol Mertens, the Adaptive Bike Program Coordinator.
When praised for her company’s initiative, Paley was extremely humble.
She was merely proud of her employees coming together in such a selfless way.
“It’s the right thing to do,” she said.