Alex Wilson survived being swept away by flood water, lost his bike in that accident.
It was a custom-made three-wheeler that he named Sally, and it was designed for his special needs living with cerebral palsy.
Wilson's mom, Stephanie Jackson, says the bike symbolizes a great deal.
"It was freedom," said Jackson. "It was freedom for him. It was able to get around without having to ask me. It got him to be more independent, which he's always trying to find any way he can be independent."
Wilson was on his beloved bike on Sunday when he tried to cross a swollen creek as a shortcut on his way to a graduation party. Wilson was trying to hang on to the bike when he got into that dangerous situation at Buffalo Creek.
Becky Woodall rushed over to help after several men rescued Wilson.
"You know, the water was so forceful, it just kinda kept taking him under, so he was trying to tell him to let go of the bike and then we'll get it," said Woodall. "So that's kind of what happened."
Wilson, 22, was safe, but his bike was mangled.
"My bike went all the way down to the river," said Wilson. "Two people, no, three people pulled it up. It was really, really damaged."
The good news is that an online fundraising effort to replace Wilson's custom bike, and it's already exceeded its goal of $2,000.