Salem man donates bike to Portland dad after theft

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Travis Otterson is raising money to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. His two sons are both living with the disease. (KATU photo)

Update: Since KATU aired the story Sunday night, we've received phone calls and messages from several people who wanted to help Travis Otterson get a new bike.

Sean Brooks of Salem donated his bike to the Otterson family.

"I have something they really need, and they can use, and it will help in the lives of two wonderful kids, who you know deserve this Earth, and I just want that for them," Brooks said.

The bike was a gift from Brooks' grandfather, Dr. Dean Brooks, who was the superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital for nearly 30 years. Brooks said his grandfather was the kind of person who put others first, so that's what he wanted to do.

Original story below.


PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland father’s new bike that he planned to ride to help raise money for the fight against cystic fibrosis was stolen one day after his family gave it to him for Father’s Day.

Travis Otterson’s two sons both suffer from the genetic disease. He and his family participate in several fundraisers every year.

This is the first year Otterson planned to ride in the Cycle for Life event next month.

“This was a vehicle that was going to carry me to do something great for my family,” Otterson said.

He still plans to ride in the event, but he says it will be harder without his Father’s Day gift. He hopes to raise at least $500 for the ride, and says he’s almost there.

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