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Loring Orders New Bike

April 17, 2012, 5:30 PM by Brady Mallory

Loring Orders New Bike
Bill Loring

SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It was a common crime with a rare response. 

It started with a stolen bicycle, the victim shared his story and people from across the Midwest came forward to help.

A motorcycle accident left Bill Loring with disabilities, and his custom-made bike was his only way to get to the store or take his dog for a walk.  Thanks the generosity of a lot of KELOLAND viewers and some initiative from a Sioux Falls man, this week is starting on a much more positive note.

"Happy.  Happy," Loring said.

It is a far cry from week ago when Loring held up a cut chain.  The chain was a sad reminder of his stolen yellow bike.  On Tuesday, he is spent the day building a brand new yellow bike complete with custom brakes, easy-to-use pedals and a special basket for his dog.  It is a lot like his old bike and has everything he wants.  

"Yeah, and more," Loring said.

Helping make sure the bike is just right is Tyler Stutson, who set up a donation fund that brought in around $2,200 in just a week.  The two men met for the first time on Tuesday.  

"It's amazing that such a terrible thing can become such a wonderful thing," Stutson said.

Stutson is the first one to tell you he did not do this alone.  People from all over the Midwest have been calling wanting to help, including Steve Johnson with the Center of Hope.  The bike would normally cost $900, but Johnson let them know about a program through the Center that cuts the price in half.

"Being I'm a double amputee, and knowing some of the struggles, recently in the last couple of weeks, somebody donated a bike to me.  So, it made me a little more active, too.  I know how it is not being able to do anything," Johnson said.

Not only will Loring get a new bike, he will be gaining back his independence.  This experience has given Stutson a lesson in giving that is just as valuable.

"Whether you need that coffee or whatever you need in the drive-thru, think about someone who is struggling to eat.  It takes stepping out of your situation or stepping in someone else's shoes," Stutson said.

It might be hard to get Loring's shoes away from him.  He plans to be outside a lot taking his new bike for a lot of rides.

"Ten of them!" Loring said.

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