VANCOUVER – A young Vancouver father thanked the strangers who helped him replace his tricycle Monday after his only mode of transportation was stolen over the weekend.
Terry Ferguson used his adult tricycle and trailer to take his daughter to preschool every day. He has trouble walking long distances, due to several past strokes and a brain tumor but the trike worked well for him.
The trike, trailer and his girlfriend’s bicycle were stolen late Friday night or early Saturday morning from their home in the 8800 block of Northeast 90th Street. The preschool that Ferguson's daughter attends is more than a mile away from their home. He was worried about how long it would take to push her there in a stroller.
“Now my daughter is going to end up getting a cold because I can't keep her warm and dry,” he said Sunday.
KGW covered the story and then on Monday, strangers came forward to help.
Gary Madlener, of Salem, offered to buy Ferguson a new tricycle. Others said they wanted to give him a bike trailer and a neighbor bought Ferguson's girlfriend a new bike.
"You're a very courageous young man and anybody that cares that much for his daughter is just aces in my book," Madlener told Ferguson.
In an email to KGW, Ferguson thanked the people who helped him and his wife with new transportation.
"I would like to thank Gary for his generous donation for my three wheeler bike. I would also like to thank Kathy for her generous donation out of her heart for giving me a trailer to go behind my new bike for my daughter to ride in to go to school. Kathy is coming out of her way from Aloha OR to give me a trailer for my daughter to stay dry and warm in. With out their help I probably would had to take my daughter out of preschool being the difficulty of walking that far to her school and back home and, back again to pick summer up from school and back home. Gary came out of his way from Salem OR to buy me a new adult trike. That was so sweet of him to do this for me and my family out of the kindness of his heart. There is no words that express how I feel except by my emotions. I feel no longer stranded on a island any more I am now able to take my daughter to school and back to pick her up from school. I guess there are still good people out there in this mean cruel world. Thank you so so Much Again. I'd like to thank Channel 8 and their team for putting the word out for me. I'd also like to thank the viewers and their generous donations."
Ferguson has fought the odds before
Ferguson had a brain tumor removed at the age of 15. Doctors didn’t think he would ever walk again, but he proved them wrong.
“I just decided to get up and walk, even though I wasn't supposed to,” he said. “And hanging onto the walls, I eventually got the hang of it.”
“He had to re-learn how to eat, drink, walk, swallow, talk, everything,” said his mother, Cathy Ferguson.
Anyone with information on the theft of Ferguson's original bike was asked to call the Vancouver Police Department.
KGW reporters Erica Heartquist and Wayne Havrelly contributed to this report.