Authorities with the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida presented Daylin Campbell with a mountain bike

By Char Adams
April 01, 2019 10:54 AM

Daylin Campbell had long dreamed of the day he’d be able to ride his new bike.

Diagnosed with leukemia last May, the Lake Wales, Florida, boy worked to regain his strength so that he could ride the bike his family got him for Christmas, according to WFTS. But the 13 year old was left devastated on March 25 when he learned someone had stolen the bike off his family’s porch.

“I thought, ‘Who would take my bike?’ ” Campbell told the station.

His mother, Canice Jordan, added, “It has sentimental value.”

A family friend wrote of the incident on Facebook last week, enlisting the help of the public to find the bike. Less than 12 hours later, according to WFTS, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd plus a deputy and captain were at the family’s doorstep with a new mountain bike.

Daylin Campbell (right) receives new bike from Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd (left)
| Credit: Polk County Sheriff's Office/Facebook

“Look what we got! Isn’t that pretty awesome?” Judd told the boy in video footage of the sweet surprise.

Smiling, Campbell left the porch and inspected the bike as deputies presented him with a helmet and bike lock.

“We’re excited for you. We’re sorry you lost your bike,” the deputy continued. “We’d like to find out who stole it from you, but we decided to bring you a brand new one. And you know what? This deputy and this captain made that all happen.”

Jordan shared photos and footage of the surprise on Facebook, writing that she “never expected” the deputies’ kind deed for her son.

“The bicycle stolen was special to Daylin and held sentimental value being that it was a gift for Christmas while going through his cancer treatment,” Jordan wrote. “It was definitely not the [responsibility of the] sheriff’s department to replace it, but out of the goodness of their hearts, they did without being asked.”

Authorities shared the video in their own Facebook post, revealing that Campbell is now in remission.

“It just didn’t sit well with us knowing someone stole 13-year-old Daylin Campbell’s bike off his front porch Monday in Lake Wales,” the post reads. “This week we kindly received a donated bike and surprised Daylin with it to cheer him up.”