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Mesa boy receives new special needs bike

Posted: 6:29 AM, Sep 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-22 17:16:59-04

MESA — A Mesa boy who had his special needs bike stolen received a new one on Saturday.

With his mom and dad by his side, Beorn Jr., known as Bubba, took a spin on his new set of wheels at Pioneer Park.

Last month, ABC15 reported Bubba's bike, which was tailored to fit his special needs, was stolen. The Rankin family says someone cut the lock off of their backyard gate.

"To see the bike stolen it was like, who does that?" Beorn Rankin, Bubba's dad, said.

But after hearing Bubba's story, the company AMS Vans decided to donate a custom made bike just for him.

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"Frankly the story broke our heart," Zachary Shurtleff, with AMS Vans, said. "Whether it's selling a wheel chair accessible vehicle or helping someone with a bike like Bubba's, this is the stuff that excites us."

The family says they're grateful for the support they've received.

"Thank you AMS Vans and thank you for all the love and support," Stephanie Rankin, Bubba's mom, said.

"It's emotional," Beorn said. "It's something most kids take for granted. You don't think about not being able to ride a bike or have a bike. So for him, to be in a bike and see that excitement, just an every day thing he's getting to do, it's important."