Peyton Duncan, 8, of Clare, wanted a new bike for his birthday coming up in September. Little did he know, he would be getting that present early, and from an unexpected source. Duncan was nominated by his classmate’s mom to win a mountain bike through Barberi Law’s Bikes for Kids program.
Duncan and his family had no idea Jennifer Owens nominated him for the recognition.
“I felt really happy, since Corbin has been my best friend since preschool,” Duncan said.
Owens’ son, Corbin, is autistic and will be going into third grade with Duncan this fall.
“He takes him on sensory breaks and helps reassure and calm him down when things get overwhelming,” Owens wrote in her nomination. “He often talks about how much he loves to help Corbin and hopes they will continue to be in the same class. Did I mention this is an 8-year-old ‘popular’ boy that has helped Corbin be accepted by his peers that may not otherwise care? Peyton has a heart of gold and deserves recognition.”
Duncan enjoys spending time with Corbin and helping him find the answers for his work at school.
“It makes me feel warm in the heart, and I just like helping people,” he said. “If you help other people, they will do good stuff for you and be nice to you for the rest of your life.”
Duncan’s mom, Danielle, and his dad, Jim, said finding out about the nomination was “a very proud, proud moment.” They talked about how Corbin knows he can go to Duncan for comfort if he is having a rough day.
“He’s always been kind of an old soul,” Danielle said. “He and Corbin just clicked in preschool.”
Allison Quast-Lents, owner of Motorless Motion in downtown Mt. Pleasant, showed Duncan how to take care of his bike and helped him get ready to ride.
“As a parent, I can relate to these proud parents that are almost more excited about their kids winning a bicycle in the Bikes for Kids program,” Quast-Lents said. “The kids are excited about the bicycles, but the parents are proud that they did something right.”