Restoring Charity Bike
Organized by: Joe kerg
Transforming the mundane into the holy. That is how I best would have described Joe's bike which was stolen last week outside of my home. A talented and dedicated teacher at my child's school, Joe has taken the initiative to bike-ride to my home to teach and study with my son who has been unable to attend school this year, after under-going a heart transplant. Joe has brought my son the excitement of the classroom, and the opportunity to think critically, ask questions, and feel like a normal teenager. Even on my son's worst days, he has renewed strength and spirits after these classroom sessions. I have learned that I was not the first beneficiary of Joe and his bike. Joe has also used his bike to travel to teach and learn with an elderly man in the neighborhood. He has used his bike time after time to raise charity money for children with developmental disabilities and terminal illnesses. He has used his bicycle as a vehicle of connection with others. Joe usually returns from his rides later than expected. On these occasions, he returns excitedly telling the tale of replacing the lady's busted tire, re-attaching the chain of another man's bike, or providing basic medical help to a young girl who fell off of her bike. Sadly, for the time being, this era is over as his bike was stolen while studying with my son, doing another good deed. I tried to claim this bike under insurance but I am unable to do so. Let us come together as a community to restore Joe's bike so that he can continue to help others.