Crank-n-carb­sport Ac­knowl­edges Gen­eros­ity

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Bryan Kessinger & Paul Mu­gle­ston

A newly cre­ated cy­cle club out of the South­ern part of Utah County, knows first hand how to serve and give it back to its mem­bers. The club is spon­sored by an en­ergy drink-mix called Carb­Sport. The club it­self is called Crank-n-Carb­Sport and re­cently fin­ished a bike race from Salt Lake to Saint George. After a suc­cess­ful per­for­mance, good enough to fin­ish in 7th place, a small tragedy oc­curred to one of the club mem­bers. Trav­el­ing back from St. George a gust of wind caught a hold of a bike and it flew out of the back of the truck at high­way speeds and flipped around on the free­way. The dam­age was sig­nif­i­cant, the bike was dam­aged enough where the frame and most of the com­po­nents would need to be re­placed. The owner of this crashed up bike is Bret Ford.

Bret works for The Utah County Pub­lic Works in the road di­vi­sion and even has a sec­ond job work­ing con­struc­tion for a lo­cal as­phalt company. He has a rough outer-shell but on the inside has been will­ing to help any­one that is in need. In­mates come and do var­i­ous jobs for the County as part of a jail work pro­gram. Bret will take them out to lunch and even give them a few dol­lars and al­ways tries to lift up their spir­its and make them laugh. The co-worker that Bret is teamed up with will give him a hard time for giv­ing money to peo­ple he does not know. Spe­cially the peo­ple on the cor­ner hold­ing the card­board signs beg­ging for money. Bret will of­ten give $5 to those who need a help­ing hand. His co­work­ers tell him all the time to stop giv­ing to the “street beg­gars” be­cause some of them are just scam­mers. Bret will com­ment that if they are stand­ing on the cor­ner ask­ing for money there is a good chance they need some help, and he likes the way he feels see­ing a smile on peo­ple’s faces when he gives them a few bucks. Bret’s wife works for a re­hab cen­ter that helps youth and teens with ad­dic­tions. She works with horses as a form of ther­apy and Bret will of­ten go and help with the la­bor of tak­ing care of the an­i­mals. Bret en­joys see­ing how giv­ing to peo­ple, who may be in a tough spot, can bring a lit­tle bit of a hap­pi­ness to them and they can see there are still good peo­ple in the world.

As the Crank-n-Carb­Sport bike club got to know Bret lit­tle more and saw his gen­er­ous at­ti­tude, they knew if this bike ac­ci­dent would of have hap­pened to any­one of else, he would be lead­ing the cause to help raise money to cover the cost for re­pairs.

The bike club se­cretly started to think of ways where they could help him. They reached out to Noble Sports who was do­ing the re­pairs on the bike and setup an ac­count in his name. They shared his story on the club’s Face­book page. In less than a week they were able to raise the money to cover the full cost of the re­pairs, which was over $1,300. Bret picked up his new bike on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 3rd from Noble Sports ex­pect­ing to pay the full amount. How­ever, when the cashier item­ized the list of the re­pairs it sounded like it was go­ing to cost more than the orig­i­nal es­ti­mate. Then the words “...and the to­tal cost is NOTH­ING” Bret could not be­lieve it, he soon found out that 15-20 anony­mous donors paid for the re­pairs; Noble Sports even got into the spirit of giv­ing and knocked off a few hun­dred dol­lars. When Bret re­al­ized all the peo­ple who were will­ing to help him out, he be­come emo­tional and started to cry. The Crank-n-Carb­Sport bike club was able to take this small tragedy and turn it into a very pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one in­volved. They cre­ated a day that this “rough-look­ing (Har­ley David­son biker turned cy­clist) crazy tall guy with the beard” will never for­get. Bret says his heart is full and wants to thank all the anony­mous donors for their gen­er­ous do­na­tions; Crank-nCar­bS­port, and Noble Sports for all their ef­forts in mak­ing a day he will al­ways re­mem­ber. Re­mem­ber there are a lot of good peo­ple in this world.

John Tal­cott

Bret with his newly re­paird bike.

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