Generous Uber Passenger Helps Four-Year-Old Take First Steps


Luis Tamarez, a four-year-old with cerebral palsy, was able to take his very first steps recently, thanks to the kindness of a stranger. The preschooler attends North Main Street Elementary School in Pleasantville, New Jersey, and he uses a wheelchair but he was able to walk using an Upsee mobility device that attaches to another person and lets a kid with motor impairment stand and walk with help from that other person.

Little Luis’s teacher found out about the device and was researching crowdfunding options to cover the cost of the $500 for the Upsee when she got some help from a substitute teacher at the school, Yorel Browne, who also works as an Uber driver. Browne was talking with passenger Jim Burke about Luis when he decided to help and offered to pay for the Upsee himself.

"It was a no-brainer. It touched me," Burke says of his decision to help."It didn't even take a split second. It was a very easy decision." He even went to the school to witness Luis use the Upsee for the first time. "He was just overjoyed and smiling,” Burke says. “I remember him saying, 'I'm walking.’" And you can’t put a price on that kind of happiness.

Source: ABC News


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