OCEAN BEACH, Calf. — Days after thieves stole the bicycle of a 90-year-old retired doctor, his neighbors came together to give him a new bike.
Dr. Joe Ryan has been riding the three-wheeled bike that was taken from his yard earlier this week every day for the past 10 years.
“I asked what happened, and he said ‘Oh, I’m sorry to tell you, it got stolen out of my yard,'” said neighbor Jan Brummett.
The concerned neighbor then led an effort on Facebook to raise money for a new bicycle, getting the necessary funds within the first three hours.
“Not being able to see, not being able to hear very well, he still gets on that bicycle two, sometimes three, times a day and makes his rounds with all of the neighbors,” said Ryan’s daughter, Anna.
On Sunday, those neighbors presented the grandfather with the new wheels wrapped in a bright red bow.
“My heart melted that all this love was towards him, that this man who has been so loving to so many people throughout his 90 years,” said Anna.
Police so far have not found the bike or made any arrests in the theft.