It might not look like much to you, an adult tricycle. It may even look a little funny, but for a deaf young man fighting to live independently in spite of his cerebral palsy, his bike amounted to freedom.
“Troy was very independent. Whenever we would try to help him up a hill [he’d say] ‘No no I got it.’ He didn’t want any help. The sense of pride he had being able to ride that bike is not replaceable,” said Tammy Gellis about her son and his now missing bike.
Through a sign language interpreter Troy Gellis says he fears “…he’ll never see his bike again.”
Gellis’ freedom disappeared sometime over the weekend when thieves snatched his bike from his mom’s mobile home park in North Highlands.
He lives at a nearby group home.
The park is also home to the man who donated the $400-$500 trike to Gellis.
Now the gift and Troy’s go-power is gone with one snip through his bike lock.
“I want my bike back,”he said.
Gellis’ family spent a lot of time adding signs, reflectors and other features to the gift to make it as safe as possible for 27-year-old Troy.
“I wanted it to look like a Christmas tree going down the road so you could not mistake that there’s something there,” said his mom.
Now she just wants the thieves to think long and hard about what they really stole here.
“I’m not sure you understand the impact of what you’ve done … but it isn’t just a regular bike. It’s a bike for someone who has no other way to have independence,” she said.
Several other bikes disappeared around the Fairway Estates mobile home park over the weekend. So far none of them have been recovered.