New minivan for man who biked 16 miles to work a day

The spirit of holiday giving is alive in metro Detroit.

Now a local man who has been braving harsh weather conditions for years on his bike is getting a new ride.

Tony Berard has been riding his bike on busy roads just to make it to work so he can support his wife who is ill.

A good Samaritan who recently gave him a lift, shared his story and raised money to afford Tony a new minivan Friday.

It's a far cry from his snow covered journey that began last week.

He was pedaling his way through the snow on M-59. When he was spotted by Jason Kapoor.

"I did a U-turn in the middle of M-59 and asked if he wanted a ride," Kapoor said. "I saw this older gentleman; he had frozen icicles coming from his beard and everything. Without hesitation he said he'd love one."

"I said sure," Berard said. "I was covered in snow; my beard had icicles in it."

It is not like first time Berard has trudged through bad weather conditions. Five days a week for the last five years he has driven eight miles one way to work and eight miles back.

Tony shared his story with Jason.

"I felt for him and heard about his wife," Kapoor said. "His wife is fairly ill. So he takes care of her and the story kind of touched me."

"She's a private person," Berard said. "Hopefully by December she'll get it taken care of and join the workforce again."

As he was dropped off at work, a picture of Berard by Kapoor sparked quite a response.

"He posted a (photo) on his Facebook page and its gone viral," Berard said. "And he has created a GoFundMe page to keep me warm and safe."

Kapoor, who works at Szott Chrysler, said this gesture of goodwill has been a longtime coming.

"I was was on FOX 2 before," he said. "You guys sponsored my family for Christmas because we couldn't afford the presents."

With that in mind he wanted to pay it forward.

"You never know how far it could go," Kapoor said. "Clearly."

 

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