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Diamondback replaces once-paralyzed teen's stolen bikes

November 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Eyewitness News brought the story last week of Codey Durham, whose three bikes were stolen from his Buena Park back yard. Someone with a very special connection to his bikes stepped forward, just one of dozens of offers to help.

Codey Durham thought he was meeting with Buena Park police detectives to talk about his stolen bicycles.

Last week, Eyewitness News aired his story: Someone stole his three Diamondback bikes from behind the locked gate of his Buena Park home.

The 16-year-old had saved up for years to buy them.

"I just wish they knew the pain that I've been feeling," said Durham last week.

Durham has not had it easy. We first met him in 1997 at Children's Hospital of Orange County. He was called a "miracle child." Once told he would never walk due to a cyst on his back, he beat the odds. When someone stole his hard-earned prized possessions, his family made a plea to the public.

"Please just return them. No questions asked. I just want his smile back," said his sister, Suzanne Pastrano.

Eyewitness News viewers stepped forward.

More than 50 people called in and offered to help after they saw the story.

One person in particular, Jon Kennedy from Diamondback Bicycles, flew in from Seattle Monday with a very special gift.

"Wow -- it's amazing," said Durham. "Thank you so much."

"We saw the story, we were obviously moved by it," said Kennedy. "He's a kid who's worked hard to buy three bikes to support our company and do what he loves, and it was just the right thing to do, to be able to give that back to him."

"I really appreciate this," said Durham. "You don't know how much this means to me."

And it wasn't the only surprise. Diamondback plans to customize two more bikes for Durham.

"I'm just glad to see him happy again," said sister Suzanne. "That smile is back on his face -- so excited about that."

"I like it. It's really, really nice," said Durham. "Thank you so much for helping me get some freedom back in my life."

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