A Random Act of Kindness Changes a Family's Life Forever as Alexzander Prado's Wish to Walk is Granted at Abilities Expo
In the final hours of this thirty-year-old, three-day trade show for people with disabilities, the perfect storm was brewing.
"She was overwhelmed," Mrs. Boegel said of Alexzander's mother. "She was realizing the possibilities of how he would be able to engage in his world."
Exhilarated by his newfound independence, Alexzander gave the gathering crowd of onlookers an exuberant thumbs-up and challenged his mother to a race. "He kept saying, 'I'm doing it, Mommy, I'm doing it. I'm walking!...I'm strong!'"
Witnessing the child's profound transformation, Mr. Hallock and Mr. Weinschrieder made a decision. "[My partner] looked at me and I looked at him and he said, 'So, I guess we oughta,'" recalls Mr. Hallock. They would buy this walker for little Alexzander so that he could take it home with him.
"As the saying goes, in your time on this planet, if you can improve the life of one person, then you will truly have been deemed a success," said Mr. Hallock. "So, we're just trying to be successful."
Alexzander's Brave New World
"I still can't believe it," says
In the days since the SoCal Abilities Expo,
In the past, when his preschool friends would run up to greet him, Alexzander would hold on to his traditional walker while they gave him a hug. Now, he can hug back.
Alexzander's plans include playing soccer, picking flowers and playing at the park. "He's going to do so much more new stuff," she said. "I just can't wait."
About Abilities Expo
Abilities Expo is the nation's leading event for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals. For the past three decades, the Community has gathered at Abilities Expos all over the country to discover the latest, life-enhancing products and services and learn from relevant, free workshops. Dynamic, CEU-earning sessions are available for healthcare professionals. On the industry side, Abilities Expo is the premiere trade show for manufacturers, distributors and service providers to showcase their products and services directly to the end-user and professional healthcare providers. For more information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com.
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