A Wisconsin man named Brian Reece with early onset Alzheimer’s has begun repairing and building bicycles for kids with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism. He also helps out neighborhood kids with their bikes by doing simple repairs.
In less than a year’s time, he’s given away over 430 bikes for absolutely no cost to the kids. The reason behind this man’s generosity is also a touching story.
After finding out from doctors in 2011 that he had Alzheimer’s, Reece wondered how he could have the disease at such a young age. He struggled with his short term memory but still remembered the bike repair skills he learned long ago.
Helps Fight Depression
He began taking up repair once again to combat the depression that set in after learning he had the disease.
One thing led to another and Reece was soon building special needs bikes. When the demand for bikes became overwhelming, Reece’s wife began to pitch in as well.
Many friends, neighbors, and admirers have expressed their gratitude at Reece’s commitment to the cause. Nothing cheers up a child more than a new bike and Reece is keeping that dream alive for many.
Learn more by going to Brian Reece’s Bike Elves on Facebook.Tags: alzheimer, brian reece