Katie King, of Stephenville Texas, has shown the positive power that social media can have. With one simple Facebook post she managed to get her daughter, Addie, a rare gift on May 29. Addie is only two years old and has cerebral palsy so one Katie’s post made a big difference.
Addie has needed a walker to get around in her life. Her specific walker has a long handle for both of her hands to grip with two extended poles coming out and wheels on the bottom. Yes, the walker is crucial for Addie because it is her only way of transportation, but it never felt like a personal item. Of course, one reason is that the Kings could only find a walker in yellow which isn’t a color she likes.
One day, both Addie and Katie were at the doctor’s office, somewhere Addie has to go frequently. However, this time they saw a family whose child had a walker that was pink. It immediately peaked Katie’s interest and she asked the family where they got it from. They told her that walker was actually painted pink by an auto shop.
Now Katie had a dilemma, she couldn’t leave the walker at a random auto shop for days because it was the only way Addie could get around, but the pink color was something Addie badly wanted. She decided to create a Facebook post with the hope that someone would help design Addie’s walker.
There are two sides to this story amazing story. Not only the great impact and power that Katie showed to go to social media, but the response of someone to actually help out. That person was Justin McCann, the owner of Justin’s Collision Center in Stephenville, Texas.
Justin generously donated his time and materials, painting Addie’s walker at no cost to the King family.
“I had the supplies to do it,” Justin said according to Stephenville Empire-Tribune, “I made her a custom pearl pink color. We took the walker apart. She just wanted it painted, but to do it right, you must take it apart. It was on Memorial Day when they brought the walker over. I put it all back together and they brought Addie back when it was finished the next day.”
Of course being the person he is Justin sold short just how difficult the effort actually was.
“It took him a few hours. I don’t think people understand that medical equipment has a million bolts and screws,” Katie said, “It was awesome because the shop had the availability. (Justin) had the correct tools to finish the whole project. He worked on the walker all day. By the evening he messaged me saying it was drying and that the walker would be ready by the next day.”
Katie is well aware of the road Addie has in the future. As a caring mother she is always thinking about what will happen later in life. But Katie is scared of those things, instead their family is going to embrace it.
“This is who she is, and we are going to accept it,” Katie explained, “She’s going to go on and do great things. The walker helps her so she can go anywhere and do anything.”