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Man with Down Syndrome Receives New Tricycle After Someone Steals His

Non-Profit and bike shop step up to help Massachusetts man

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    Brian Butler

    A Massachusetts man with Down syndrome received a new tricycle after his was stolen, thanks to a local charity and bicycle shop.

    A relative of 37-year-old Jeffrey Croteau posted a photo to Facebook announcing that his tricycle had been stolen. The post went viral.

    On Friday, the Andover native was presented with a brand new tricycle thanks to the nonprofit Liam Nation of Tewksbury, and Riverside Cycle, of Haverhill.

    "I hated to think that somebody would take something that belonged to him and that he would be without it," said Erin Knyff, Liam Nation founder. "When you do something to people with disabilities you're going after society's most vulnerable people so all we did was right a wrong."

    The charity bought the bike for Croteau from Amazon, but it came disassembled. That's when Riverside Cycle stepped in and put it together for free.

    "It means a lot because every Sunday he goes on the bike with his dad and he gets his exercise and they have a good time," said Jeffrey's godmother, Janice Furey.


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