Grandmother fulfills lifelong dream of riding a bike thanks to her grandson with a ‘big heart’

"All I ever wanted for my birthday was a bicycle but I never got one"
July 17, 2018 12:15 pm Last Updated: July 23, 2018 10:14 am

Do you remember how old you were when you received your first bicycle? Chances are you were under the age of 10.

When Pauline Tornetta of Royersford, Pennsylvania, took her very first bike ride she was 88 years old, but you’d never know it because she was just as excited as an 8-year-old child.

For as long as Tornetta’s granddaughter-in-law, Sarah Fusco, could remember, the 88-year-old, who is called “Mom-Mom” by her loved ones, has expressed interest in owning a bicycle.

“All I ever wanted for my birthday was a bicycle but I never got one,” Mom-Mom would say.

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Her grandson, Andrew Fusco, had an idea.

“My husband. He has a big heart. He doesn’t always know how to show it but when he does grandiose is the only way to describe it,” Sarah wrote on Facebook.

Andrew purchased a tricycle and retrofitted it to the back of his mountain bike.

Posted by Sarah Fusco on Sunday, July 8, 2018

After spending two weeks welding the pieces together to make sure Mom-Mom’s first bicycle ride was one to remember, the family loaded the bike onto a trailer and headed to the nearby Schuylkill River Trail for the inaugural trip.

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“There was a 50/50 chance that she would even get on it, but she knew the love that went into making this and didn’t think twice,” Sarah said.

Family members helped Mom-Mom into her seat behind Andrew, and from the moment she sat down, she couldn’t stop smiling.

 

When Andrew began to pedal, propelling the two down the path, Mom-Mom’s dream had finally been fulfilled.

At 88 years old, Mom-Mom proved it’s never too late to chase your dreams.

Posted by Sarah Fusco on Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sarah’s post on Facebook post received numerous positive comments, praising her family for the heartwarming moment they were able to provide Mom-Mom.

In response, Sarah had one request, “All we ask is that you do something kind for someone else. Always pay it forward.”