Brain Cancer Awareness Bike Stolen Then Returned

She named it Gray Matters. It's bike custom designed by Anne Germain for a contest to promote brain cancer awareness and bike riding in the community.

"Grey Matters is a little bit of a play on words because, you know, gray matters in the brain as well as grey is the color for brain cancer, so... it matters," said Germain.

It's a contest hosted by The Glass Hat Bar. Anyone in the community can sign up to create a custom made bike for a chance to win prize money.

But Thursday morning Germain was heart broken to learn her bike had been stolen. Being a survivor of brain cancer, Germain said it was more than just a bike.

"Well, I was pretty upset, but, you know, I should've locked it up. So, I knew that was my fault," said Germain, "Things happen. So, I had to get over it pretty quickly."

Then, in a story-book-like twist of fate, the bike was anonymously returned early the next morning. The owner of the bar said when she came in early to drop something off, she found the bike sitting propped up on the back door in perfect condition.

Caleb McArthur, manager of The Glass Hat, said he thinks the thief didn't know the meaning behind the bike.

"I'm sure that the bike wasn't taken out of spite towards brain cancer awareness," said McArthur, "So, I would imagine the person felt pretty bad when word got back around to exactly what this bike meant."

McArthur said, after today, his faith in humanity was restored. And in case anyone was wondering, Anne won 2nd place in the contest for her bike.


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