16-year old Carles Boiselle walks into Wersell's Bike Shop to be presented with a surprise bike and helmet. He's the recipient of this week's Boyk Law's Bikes for Kids. The Maritime Academy student embraces the gift with a humble smile and rides off for a test drive. "This is something that gives me a little bit of a break and light in the middle of darkness," says Charles. Less than a month ago Charles and his mother Sandy lost his 21 year old sister Brandi to a heroin overdose. And Charles lost his father to an opiate related drug overdose two year ago.
It's been a tough time for Charles and his mother, but they don't plan to sit by and wallow in their grief. Both are planning meetings with lawmakers and city leaders to share their story as a way of sparking change. "These heroin dealers that are killing our children you're giving them a slap on the wrist and just letting them be free to kill more of our kids," says Sandy. "If you think somebody's dealing on your street, you see drug activity, you can be anonymous, don't be afraid."
All the while, Charles holds onto the time when his sister tried to get well. "She had herself clean and she was my sister again," he says. "When you have somebody back like that after not having them there for a while you actually get that person back, that's a really good feeling."