“When Aj first started Project ReCycle we couldn’t even pull our cars into the garage,” said AJ’s wife, Nancy Stapleton laughing. “It’s a three car garage and it was filled with bikes.” Bikes were spilling out… they were on the side of the house and the patio too! So you can only imagine how happy Nancy was when the Castle Rock Adventist Hospital offered the 4th floor for Project ReCycle to store their bicycles. “It’s just incredible how Project ReCycle has grown, ” said Nancy. “The Kickstand is amazing when you see all of the bikes together, it’s the ‘Wow Factory’.”
“AJ has a heart of gold, and it’s neat to see how far Project ReCycle has come since he’s put all of his time and effort into it,” said Nancy. “It’s all been a very positive experience for our family.” Nancy and AJ’s three daughters, ages 14, 16, and 18, have always volunteered, but now they make their own choices on what they want to donate their time to and how they want to learn and grow with the non-profit. Their oldest daughter just finished the Bike Mechanic Series and plans to apply at the local bike shop when she goes away to college at Fort Lewis next Fall. Nancy and the girls have volunteered to work the booths at a lot of the bike events. “It’s great to educate people about Project ReCycle and hear their reactions.”
Nancy also serves on the board as secretary. She takes down minutes during the meetings and makes sure everything stays on track. Nancy enjoys a lot about Project ReCycle. She just joined Team Project ReCycle this year. If she’s around, she may ride the Elephant Rock for her first team ride. Nancy hasn’t done much road biking but she and AJ have a date this weekend to ride the Platte Canyon trail.
“One of my favorite memories is when a boy, he was maybe 15 or 16, got to pick out his first bike. He didn’t even know how to ride, had never been on a bike before. And yet he was so ecstatic! He was excited about his new helmet, the water bottle, everything. That moment was really powerful for me. There’s a lot of great memories,” said Nancy.