Fatal Diagnosis Leads To New Beginning For Former Bouncer


When Bob Charland learned he had a cyst in his brain as well as a tumor in his frontal lobe, it didn't come as a complete surprise. He already suffered from memory loss, tremors and severe headaches. But when the doctors told him the illness would eventually kill him, the surprise was how he reacted to the news.

Since the spring of 2017, Charland has spent over $10,000 restoring about 1,000 bikes for kids. He also coordinates with law enforcement, working with police officers to help deliver bikes and helmets to local schools, and even give the kids bicycle safety lessons. "Every kid should have one," Charland says.

Though he doesn't know how much time he has, Bob "the Bike Man" hasn't let that keep him from living life to the fullest. He met his wife Joanne after she donated bikes to his nonprofit Pedal Through Youth, and the couple were married this past summer; she is now president of the nonprofit.

For more about this remarkable entrepreneur, read the full Washington Post story.


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