WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — On Tuesday, the community is invited to come together to celebrate “Jack the Bike Man” on what would have been his 82nd birthday.
The unexpected death of Jack Hairston, who died from a heart attack in early July, shocked the community.
The beloved pillar of the community touched countless lives through his non-profit started back in 2007. He had a mission to create a community of healthy and active individuals by providing less fortunate families and individuals access to bicycles, bike training, and support.
His unexpected passing has left an immeasurable void in the hearts of his employees, the volunteers who helped him run his organization, and the county.
CBS12 News spoke with the President and Executive Director of the nonprofit.
"I think the little things... just being present when someone would come in looking for a bike that they couldn’t afford and we could help them out," said Alejandro "Alex" Hernandez. "Taking the time to just sit down with them and hear their story about why they were here. Making sure, whether it’s a busy day and things going on left and right... but taking the time to just sit down and be present for that person.”
Tuesday's celebration of life event is set to begin at 5 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. at the Quattlebaum Funeral home on Parker Ave. in West Palm Beach. The event is open to the public.
At the time of his passing, Jack’s team was in the midst of implementing a $5 million campaign to continue their work of serving our community and move into a new facility.
If you’re interested in helping them continue to keep his legacy alive, please click here.