Deaf Man’s Distinctive Tricycle Stolen

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Miracles can happen out of the blue — and one North Highlands family says they’re learning miracles can disappear even faster.

“This is where I had the bike chained. It has been chained up here for the last few weeks and I didn’t really feel like I had anything I had to worry about,” said Tammy Gellis.

But as of Monday morning, Gellis was full of worry.

The bike stolen from her home wasn’t just a plaything. It was a a miracle to their family, a precious part of her son’s quest to be like every other 27-year-old.

“I like the independence … being free,” said her son Troy.

Troy speaks with the help of an interpreter because he’s deaf and suffers from cerebral palsy.

Those challenges mean he can’t drive or balance on a two wheeled bike, so his adult tricycle provided the most freedom he’d ever been able to exercise on his own.

His sister has really enjoyed family bike rides when Troy has been able to enjoy the trails with everybody else.

“Really cool. I see him smiling and having fun,” said Paige Gellis.

That kind of fun with a trike only started two months ago thanks to a neighbor who gave Troy the expensive piece of equipment his family couldn’t afford.

“We’re not really disabled … disabled, but it’s hard for us to get around and people help us. And if we can help somebody else, why not?,” said Howie Oakeson.

Now the Oakesons can’t believe that thieves have turned that help into a hurt.

“There’re some really nasty people around and unfortunately it hurts others,” said Judy Oakeson.

Troy Gellis is hoping someone, somewhere sees  his specially-marked bike and can help get him back out on the road.

“I want my bike back,” he said.


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