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Stolen bike not returned, but disabled man gets something even better from 14 News viewers

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On Thursday, a disabled Tri-State man got a surprise he never saw coming.

Ryan Kneer, who has Cerebral Palsy, used to load his daughter, London, into the basket of his bike and give her rides around the neighborhood. That was until it was stolen, Monday, from a parking lot of a CVS store.

After we aired his story on Wednesday, you responded in a remarkable way. 14 News surprised him Thursday morning with your generous donations.

"It's a bunch of money," said Ryan. "Thank you everybody who is trying to help and support me, even though I don't know you."

In less than 24 hours, families in the Tri-State donated $995 to Ryan to help him buy a new bicycle. 

"That's more than I ever expected," said Ryan.

Dan's Comp was putting the finishing touches on Ryan's bike when he walked in. The owner of the store, John Wilson, came riding from the back with a cherry red Schwinn and Ryan took it out to the parking lot to make sure it was the perfect fit.

"I'm speechless," said Ryan. "I like it. I appreciate the help I got, because I'm always the one who is always giving, so now it's my turn I guess."

John even set Ryan up with a bike lock and lights.

"Words really can't describe," said John. "This is this guy's transportation, probably his whole life. Everything about his life revolves around his bicycle and him being able to go where he wants to go, so it's really great to be able to help him out."

Dan's Comp gave Ryan a great deal on the bike, so with the extra money, Ryan's family says they're going to pay it forward.

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