Tall Paul's Bikes for Kids

$8,735 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 208 people in 25 months
Tall Paul is an amazing man and a community role model: with extremely limited resources, he builds and tricks out old bicycles for ANY child who has a report card with at least three As. Did I mention he is 60 years old and homeless? He lives in an old RV that is parked in an industrial part of West Oakland, and he recycles scrap metal in order to get the supplies he needs to work on the bikes. 

Times are tough all around, I get that, yet here is a man who has NOTHING and is motivating children to stay in school and get good grades. More kids in school = less kids getting into trouble on the streets. The donation link on his Facebook page (Tall Paul's Bikes) has expired, so because Tall Paul is so inspiring, I have taken it upon myself to help him raise money so he can continue to do good work in the community. And don't worry, I know exactly where his RV is parked so I can get the funds to him ; )

If you are so inclined, any amount that you can donate will be very much appreciated. I will keep you all updated on our progress.

Here are some media links for you to read more about Tall Paul:

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Oakland-Man-Builds-Baddest-Bikes-in-the-World-For-Kids-307227921.html

https://thebolditalic.com/this-man-is-transforming-oakland-one-awesome-custom-bike-at-a-time-the-bold-italic-san-francisco-37cf63115e31#.kxbz8bwhh
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Hello everyone!

Thank you so much for your generous support of Tall Paul over the last 2 years. It is with great sadness that I share this update with you:

This past December, Paul started to inexplicably fall from his bicycle. At the time, he was also experiencing increasingly blurred vision. After a fall that left him dazed and immobile, he went to the emergency department where he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that had metastasized in his brain causing seizures that led to him falling from bike.

Paul initially received radiation treatment, and has been on steroids to reduce the inflammation in his brain. Over the last month, his visits to the oncology unit have become more and more frequent as his mentation declines. He is currently at a SNF (skilled nursing facility) as he is no longer able to care for himself. The next time he is admitted to oncology, he is likely to be placed on comfort care, and this is sure to happen sooner rather than later.

To be clear, Paul raised most of the money for this campaign himself just by going out and talking to people. I would love for all of us to come together one last time and make a donation to cover funeral expenses fitting of a man so positive, kind, and proud.

Even the smallest donation is most appreciated.

Best,

Petra
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Hi everyone,

Thank you all so much for your donations. The campaign has really taken off in the last couple of weeks, so I've increased the fundraising goal to $1000 to keep Paul's amazing community work going. I am very grateful and humbled by the generosity of all of you and I know Paul is thrilled, too!
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$8,735 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 208 people in 25 months
Created April 16, 2016
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