HAYDEN, Idaho-- A Hayden, Idaho man competing in the Special Olympics recently suffered a heartbreaking loss.
It’s hard to believe that tragic things can happen to nice people, but for this man, his friends came through and ended up helping out in a big way.
You don’t have to look hard to see how much Robert Edwards loves riding his bike. The 46-year-old is pretty good at it too. He competes all the time in the Special Olympics, and his next race is scheduled for next week in Boise.
Just a few days ago, Edwards’ excitement about the race ended. A thief cut his lock at stole his beloved racing bike. It was parked in front of the Hayden Wal-Mart where he works collecting shopping carts.
"I was sad. I was heartbroken. I felt like shedding tears. I got home and started crying,” he said.
Without a bike, Edwards could not compete in the Boise race. Luckily, his tears didn’t last long, though. Edwards’ coworkers chipped in and bought him a new bike.
He’s now back in the saddle, flashing a big smile and getting ready for next week.
“I get to compete and race against my friends. I’m excited. I can’t wait to go.”
Edwards said he’s to buy a special bike for the Olympics, but he will still use the bike his friends gave him for everyday use.
Edwards is the second Special Olympian in this area to have his bike stolen recently.