'Bike Lady' Hopes For Bigger, Better Holiday Campaign


A woman's plan to help disadvantaged children ballooned into an annual labor of love.

Along the way Kate Gatch acquired a new title: the Bike Lady, 10TV's Andrea Cambern reported on Wednesday.

This year her plan is bigger than ever.


Gatch believes bicycles are an important part of childhood.

"Everyone remembers their first bike," Gatch said.

This holiday season she will do what she has done for the last two years, and give bikes to foster children.

A divorced mother of two, Gatch works out of her house. 

In 2008, she and her former husband adopted a foster child.  As a thank you, Gatch decided to buy 10 bikes for the Holiday Wish program at Franklin County Children's Services.

"I sent a few e-mails to a few friends," Gatch said. "Those e-mails were sent on to a few more friends."

A store manager promised her a free helmet for every bike that she bought.

"It sort of snowballed and took on a life of its own," Gatch said. "And the Bike Lady began." 

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