Bike Shop raising funds for ex-employee’s family
The Bike Shop is hosting a fundraiser today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind the shop for the family of Steven Davies, a former employee who died unexpectedly.
Davies, also known as “Pickles” around The Bike Shop, 950 North Ave., died of testicular cancer April 21 at age 26 after being diagnosed just 10 days prior.
The Bike Shop employee left behind two daughters, Haley, 6, and Tera, 3, and his wife, Sinda, who is pregnant with their son, Nolan, due in late August.
The shop is hosting a silent auction to raise money for the Davies family. Bicycles, running shoes, clothes, bike accessories and even a home computer and a barbecue grill will be available to bid on.
“I’m completely blown away by the support from the community already,” Sinda said.
Ruby Canyon Cycles and DT Swiss both donated a set of wheels, and Builder’s Kitchen & Appliance Center donated a barbecue grill. Many other suppliers and customers also donated items for the auction, The Bike Shop owner Bryan Miick said. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for those attending the auction, too.
All of the proceeds will go to the Steven Davies Memorial Fund at Coloramo Federal Credit Union.
The fundraiser today will be the first time Sinda will have visited The Bike Shop since her husband’s passing.
“I really want to be there to show my appreciation,” Sinda said.
The Bike Shop began collecting money with a donation jar by the register when Davies first became sick, and plans to leave the jar out after the fundraiser.
Davies began working for The Bike Shop in 2008 as a part-time volunteer employee who preferred payment in bike parts.
“He just loved being around bikes,” Miick said.
After working part-time for a couple years, Davies became a full-time employee at The Bike Shop as he was attending Colorado Mesa University, Sinda said.
Davies began experiencing difficulty breathing and vision problems April 11. He went to the hospital where tumors were discovered on his lungs. It turned out to be testicular cancer that had spread to his back, liver and brain.
Prior to that, Davies had only complained of back pains in mid-March, Sinda said.
“He was on the shop ride with us Wednesday and then two weeks later he was gone,” said The Bike Shop mechanic Keith Kitchen.
The Bike Shop had a memorial ride for Davies April 24 where 27 people joined the shop employees in the ride.
“He was in a position where he got to meet and talk to a lot of people,” Sinda said. “I’m seeing now just how big of an impact he made.”