- Matthew Wondra, a 31-year-old with a rare disorder called Lowe syndrome, lost his most precious bike.
- He treasured the bike so much as it’s his only prized possession.
- A random stranger who knew about the stolen bike bought Matthew a brand new one!
A bike may just be an old-fashioned form of transportation for some, but for this man, it’s the one thing that makes him feel invincible.
Matthew Wondra of Granite City, Illinois, 31, has a rare disorder called Lowe syndrome, which is characterized by vision troubles, kidney problems, and brain abnormalities.
Recently, Matthew lost his ever-reliable three-wheeled bicycle, and that shattered his spirit. Aside from using it as his main mode of transportation, it was a gift from his dad, who suddenly passed away late last year. For all of the challenges he faced, his bike was also the only prized possession that made him feel unbeatable.
“The day his bike was taken, he kept looking out saying, ‘Mom, where’s my bike?’” Terri Wondra told KSDK.
Aware of how much Matthew loved his bike, his sister posted about the theft on a Granite City community page. Just before she could set up a fundraising campaign for a new bicycle for Matthew, help already arrived. A stranger stumbled upon the robbery post and decided to buy Matthew a new set of wheels!
“I wasn’t going to scroll past that without doing something,” Venessa Duckett said. “It just seemed like the right thing to do.”
“This town, when I grew up there was a lot of generous people,” Venessa added. “There [were] times when I didn’t have shoes or a coat and people in this town helped me out, and I didn’t think of it so much as paying something forward but paying it back.”
Venessa immediately called up Breese Bikes for help in assembling the unique three-wheeled bike. Also moved by the story, owner Patrick Breese put the bike together for free!
When all was set, Venessa delivered the wheels herself to Matthew’s house.
“And then I lifted the hatch to the SUV, and his reaction was priceless,” Venessa said.
Matthew couldn’t believe his eyes, while his mom was speechless and in tears.
As for Venessa, she has her way of making things better for her community.
“If we all make each other’s life a little bit easier, could you imagine what kind of world it would be?” she asked.
Source: Inspire More