Yukon ‘Bike Man’ leaves legacy after battling lung and brain cancer

The Yukon Bike Man family hopes to carry on his legacy. Johnnie Ballard, also known as “The Bike Man”, was well known for repairing and donating bikes to people who needed them. His family hopes to keep his legacy alive. “It was always a big thing for him because growing up he didn’t have a lot…I’m sorry. The bikes were a way of…it meant something to him,” David Ballard said. , son of Johnnie Ballard. He has made it his goal to share the love of cycling with children and even adults in need in his community. The passion quickly turned into a Christmas tradition and a foundation called OK Bikes for Kids, repairing or collecting hundreds of bikes for families in need. “Just before Christmas presents, before, the whole family would gather bikes up to 3 or 4 “The Bike Man” in the military as an army and marine corps veteran, or in church .” He had a saying he always said my grandma used to say and the fastest way to solve your problems was to focus on someone else and he lived by it. It always inspired us too, so the family would come together like we always do to put the road together and make it happen,” said David Ballard. They said the community can look forward to another holiday bike ride this year, John continues the passion and tradition of nie. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs. More information can be found here.

The Yukon Bike Man family hopes to carry on his legacy.

Johnnie Ballard, also known as “The Bike Man”, was well known for repairing and donating bikes to people who needed them. His family hopes to carry on his legacy.

“It was always a big thing for him because growing up he didn’t have much…I’m sorry. Bikes were a way of…it meant something to him,” said David Ballard, son of Johnnie Ballard. .

He has made it his goal to share the love of cycling with children and even adults in need in his community. The passion quickly turned into a Christmas tradition and a foundation called OK Bikes for Kids, repairing or collecting hundreds of bikes for families in need.

“Just before the Christmas presents, before, the whole family would gather the bikes together until 3 or 4 in the morning to get them ready. And we would have a lot of support from the bike shops with donations of equipment, tires, etc.” says David Ballard.

David Ballard said his father’s mission in life was always to serve others, whether as “The Bike Man” in the military as an Army and Marine Corps veteran, or at the church.

“He had a saying, he always said my grandmother used to say and the quickest way to solve your problems was to focus on someone else’s and he lived by that. It always has us inspired too, so the family would come together just like we always do to gather the momentum and make it happen,” David Ballard said.

They said the community can look forward to another bike ride this year, continuing Johnnie’s passion and tradition. The family set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs. More information can be found here.

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