Albuquerque man stole bike; The biking group helps

“The hospital in general is so great for children, I mean, you know everything from taking care of families to taking care of your children,” said Lange.

To show his appreciation, Gary Lange opted for the Courage Classic, a bike tour that raises money for the children’s hospital.

“I said, ‘Well, let’s do it.’ So I bought a bike and they started raising funds for it and within 12 donations I had over $ 1,000. And I promised them that if I got the $ 1,000 I would do 80 miles instead of 30, ”he said.

A few days ago, Lange went to his garden and found that his bike had been stolen.

“It was kind of daunting. I bought a bike to raise money for these children, ”he said.

Lange posted online about the stolen bike, and word got around quickly.

“I don’t care about the bike if I ever get the bike back, but I promised people I would. Hey you know I’ll do this for your kid. I’ll do this for these other kids, ”he said.

The community stepped in to help him keep that promise.

“The gentleman from The Little Bike Shop. His name is Robert. He is the owner of Central and Rio Grande. One day he called me or sent me a message and said, ‘Hey, come and talk to me. I need to talk to you, ‘”he said.

“I gave him my personal 21-speed GT for training at home,” says Robert Lane, owner of The Little Bike Shop.

“I just brought everything to them and he says, ‘What is this for?’ And I said it’s up to you to drive and do the tours and stuff for your kid and other people’s kids, ”added Lane.

As it turns out, Lane also helps raise money for children who need it.

“It was just something that was always on my head and in my heart and soul, so I helped,” he said.

Now Lange can continue training for the Courage Classic and help more children get the care they need.

“Lots of emotions,” he says.

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