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87 year-old man gets new trike, local bike shop steps in to help

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

FOX 10 got a huge response from our viewers with more than a dozen people who contacted us saying they wanted to donate money to get Glenn a new trike so he can continue to get around and stay active. The hardest part was turning down people who wanted to help because a local bike shop owner decided to give Glenn a brand new ride.

Less than 24 hours after learning about Glenn's story workers at Build A Bike put the finishing touches on a brand new trike for Glenn, an act of kindness courtesy of the shop's owner.

"These teens who stole it kind of took everything away from him, it kinda just touched my heart and I just wanted to be able to do something and say there are still good people in the world and don't worry about that bad thing that happened," said Janie Buchholz, owner of build a bike.

The trip to the Glendale shop with his neighbor is the farthest Glenn has traveled from home in years.

It was like this 87 year-old man was 8 years-old old all over again as he tried out his new trike. "Oh that's neat! That's neat! Oh I'll run over you...here I come let me tell ya," said Diller.

"I was lost without wheels and now I got wheels again, oh my goodness I appreciate this so much," said Diller.

Diller was overwhelmed with emotion and grateful for the strangers who cared so much. "Strangers feeling that good for others that's nice makes a real good feeling and this is super laughing" he said.

A happy ending to a week that began with heartbreak for Glenn on Sunday his trike was stolen from his driveway.

His neighbor's surveillance cameras caught the two thieves riding down the street on Glenn's trike. Since then, Glenn hasn't been able to do his own grocery shopping.

Glenn wasted no time breaking it in  "I'll put some miles on it I got things to do they got grapes on sale now I can go get them" said Diller.

Cherishing the taste of freedom with his new set of three wheels. The owner of Build A Bike says Glenn's story touched her heart because he reminded her of her own grandmother, who also rides a trike.

Glenn would also like to thank everyone who wanted to donate money to help him out.

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