"I wake up and thank God I get another day of work," he said. "That's why I work so hard."
The journey to get from New Caney to Texas Roadhouse in Kingwood, where Estrada is a busser and dishwasher, isn't an easy one.
The route is a little rugged, and the Mongoose bike he rides doesn't have any brakes.
His co-worker, Bianca Ayala, first noticed something was up when she saw him come to work soaked.
"I was like 'Do you do construction work before work or something like that?' And he said 'No, I biked here.'"
From there, Ayala jumped into action to help her co-worker. She snapped a few photos of Estrada and posted on Twitter, and more than 179,000 retweets later, the donations started rolling in.
Twitter I need your help, my coworker Juan has been biking 2 hours to work for the past 6 months. He’s the sweetest and most hard working person I know. I’ve started a gofundme for him, all he needs is a decent car to get him to work and back. Please retweet, anything will help! pic.twitter.com/HJOiJZ5wyd— b 🥀 (@yoncaslie) June 9, 2018
More than $10,000 was raised, which is enough to get him a reliable car and insurance.
"I am very blessed," Estrada said. "I really am, because without these people doing this for me, I wouldn't be able to get a vehicle."
Ayala is also surprised by the overflow of generosity. She only recognized two of the donors, meaning the rest were complete strangers.
"It got a lot more attention than I thought," she said. "A lot more."
Estrada's bike-riding days will soon be over, but he plans to keep his work ethic and grateful spirit.
When asked what he'll do with his new ride, with a smile, he said, "Ride a little bit of air-conditioning on there and take my dog for a ride too."
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