One last ride! Sweet moment Harley-Davidson fan, 78, with terminal cancer is lifted into a sidecar …

  • Tom Strehlow, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is also a former employee of the motorcycle manufacturers 
  • Friends and family first took him the Harley-Davidson museum where he was given his very own company leather jacket
  • He was then lifted into the sidecar and taken on a ride by the museum’s staff

A 78-year-old Harley-Davidson fan dying of terminal cancer was lifted into a sidecar for one final spin.

Tom Strehlow, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a former employee of the motorcycle company, had several health setbacks that left him unable to ride his beloved bikes.

Strehlow is not just suffering from cancer but also Lewy body dementia – a progressive brain disorder in which proteins build up in areas of the brain that regulate behavior, cognition, and movement.

So family and friends decided to surprise him on what could be his last birthday. 

A 78-year-old Harley-Davidson fan dying of terminal cancer was lifted into a sidecar for one final spin (pictured) Tom Strehlow, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a former employee of the motorcycle company, had several health setbacks that left him unable to ride his beloved bikes

A 78-year-old Harley-Davidson fan dying of terminal cancer was lifted into a sidecar for one final spin (pictured) Tom Strehlow, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a former employee of the motorcycle company, had several health setbacks that left him unable to ride his beloved bikes

A 78-year-old Harley-Davidson fan dying of terminal cancer was lifted into a sidecar for one final spin (pictured) Tom Strehlow, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a former employee of the motorcycle company, had several health setbacks that left him unable to ride his beloved bikes

Strehlow was first taken to the Harley-Davidson Museum where he was given his very own Harley-Davidson leather jacket (pictured)

Strehlow was first taken to the Harley-Davidson Museum where he was given his very own Harley-Davidson leather jacket (pictured)

Strehlow was first taken to the Harley-Davidson Museum where he was given his very own Harley-Davidson leather jacket (pictured)

Strehlow was first taken to the Harley-Davidson Museum and was given his very own tour.

‘No, it was perfect, beautiful. All I really wanted was a handshake,’ Strehlow told Fox 6.

A group of about 30 people then showed up with their motorcycles to grant the birthday wish on Saturday as Strehlow was lifted into the sidecar.

‘What other company can you think of where you retire from it and you want to come back as one of your final wishes to help celebrate your birthday?’ said Tim McCormick, a museum staff member.

Before the tour of the museum started, the company gave their own gift to Strehlow: his very own Harley-Davidson leather jacket.

A group of about 30 people showed up with their motorcycles to grant the birthday wish on Saturday as Strehlow was lifted into the sidecar (pictured)

A group of about 30 people showed up with their motorcycles to grant the birthday wish on Saturday as Strehlow was lifted into the sidecar (pictured)

A group of about 30 people showed up with their motorcycles to grant the birthday wish on Saturday as Strehlow was lifted into the sidecar (pictured)

'Our connection has always been motorcycles. If we get to give him one last big wish, what an amazing gift for us to be able to do that for him,' said Forest Mrezek, Tom's at-home nurse

'Our connection has always been motorcycles. If we get to give him one last big wish, what an amazing gift for us to be able to do that for him,' said Forest Mrezek, Tom's at-home nurse

‘Our connection has always been motorcycles. If we get to give him one last big wish, what an amazing gift for us to be able to do that for him,’ said Forest Mrezek, Tom’s at-home nurse

‘Our connection has always been motorcycles,’ said Forest Mrezek, Tom’s at-home nurse. 

‘If we get to give him one last big wish, what an amazing gift for us to be able to do that for him.’ 

Craig Ballantyne

I love anything to do with Harley Davidson and have two beautiful children and a beautiful partner. In my spare time i like building websites and love anything to do with the internet.

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