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Father beats cancer for surprise of his life

CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- A tri-state motorcycle repair shop owner has a lot to be smiling about.

This time last year, Bill Moeller wasn't doing a lot of smiling.  He didn't know how much longer he'd be around.  Doctors diagnosed him with leukemia and the chemotherapy was really sucking the life out of him.
   
Oh what a difference a year makes.

Motorcycles have always been a passion for Bill Moeller.  He's repaired engines at his Owensville shop for 30 years.  Last year, Bill's bikes took a backseat when he was diagnosed with leukemea.

Bill said, "It drags you down physically and you wonder if you're going to pull back out of it.  The ideas that it may not turn out good for you keeps entering into your mind and it's a constant battle to keep fighting off those ideas."
   
Bill did fight off those ideas along with his leukemia.  He's now cancer-free.

His daughter Kelli said, "It touched my heart because I saw the struggles he went through and I wanted to make something good happen."
   
Bill's daughter set up an online fund to send her father to the Bonnevile Salt Flats, a land speed motorcycle race in Utah.  The donations came pouring in, setting up the perfect surprise for Bill.

"When I saw them I thought it was an intervention!" Bill laughed.

Kelli said, "Together, we have accumulated over $7,500 for an all-expense paid trip for you and your bike to the Bonneville Salt Flats."

"It was so helpful to change my mindset about life to give me something definite to live for and work for and to motivate me to keep on every day," said Bill.

"It means the world to me, because I didn't think he'd be here and for a long time he wasn't here mentally.  And he's back and I owe it to everyone involved that brought my dad back," Kelli told Local 12.

Bill says perhaps the most touching part of this whole story is a majority of the money donated for his trip came from customers whose motorcycles he repaired.  Bill will join his friends on that trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats in August.
  

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