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WWII Veteran gets tricycle to stay active

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Thanks to some local businesses and community members, World War II Veteran Arnie Funk took home a brand new tricycle today.

We started raising money for Arnie in December, and because of the generosity of many, he is now able to get around a little easier, as he undergoes cancer treatment.  91 year old Arnie Funk is thrilled to ride around town on his brand new bike.

Funk says, “It's awesome, that's all I can say.”

He recently began cancer treatment and wanted a way to get around and stay active.

Funk says, “I can't hardly walk and they took my drivers license away.  So, I got to get groceries once in a while.”

After hearing about his desire to get around town, some local business owners stepped up to help out.

Stephen Coen of The Garage, says, “I really like helping out people that want to get on bikes, that haven't been able to, I think that's really cool.  So, Papu over at Four0Six, he got a hold of me and said hey, they're wanting to try to do an adult trike and I'm like oh I'd love to help out.”

Word of the effort spread quickly, and people from all over made donations.  Thanks to the community, Arnie will now be able to get out and about.

Funk says, “Thank you very much.  I appreciate every bit of it, everybody that donated.  I never expected anything like this.”

Look out for Arnie riding around town, on his shiny red bike.  We exceeded our fundraising goal for the tricycle.  The extra money will be donated to the Big Sky Honor Flight, which Arnie took part in this summer.


Story by Kristin Price, Beartooth NBC.
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