Pilots donate special bike to Topeka boy with autism

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Since last Friday, nine-year-old Parker Faris has been heartbroken.

Someone stole his bike that was specially built for kids with autism.

Parker lost more than just a bike.

"It's independence - probably the most independence he feels on any given day," said his mother Nicole Faris.

During the first intermission of the Topeka Pilots hockey game Friday night, the Pilots gave that independence back.

Faris says the reveal was a huge surprise.

"He said, 'There's a dog on a bike!' and I said, 'There sure is, guess what? That's your bike!' And he goes, 'My bike?'"

"I mean I just watched his reaction and just how special it is, again for us to be involved in something like this, to just do something on kind of a gut-level for a family," said Lamar Hunt, the owner of the Topeka Pilots.

Faris continued, "I just want everybody to know how grateful I am, to see the community come together, and so many people I didn't know, that Parker had never met, that saw a kiddo that needed something ... and they were all just willing to step up."