A teenage boy is being hailed for coming to the rescue of a disabled man who was struggling to get home before a dangerous storm hit their city.
In addition to being legally blind due to diabetes, Gregory Beck is a double amputee who needs a wheelchair to get around St. Louis, Missouri.
The man had just been leaving the grocery store last week when tornado sirens started blaring.
As he began wheeling himself home, passing drivers would yell at him to hurry up and get to safety – but then just as Beck was stopping at a gas station to rest his arms, one car pulled over to help.
16-year-old Seth Phillips had been in the van with his mother Amber Gilleylen when he saw Beck in his wheelchair. Worried for the man’s safety, Seth asked his mother if he could help to push Beck home.
The trepidatious teen then pushed Beck’s wheelchair the remaining quarter of a mile to his house – a grueling journey which would ordinarily take Beck 25 minutes to complete.
Proud of her son’s compassionate gesture, Gilleylen followed Seth in her car and captured a video of him pushing the wheelchair.
After it was published to social media, it was viewed thousands of times.
“My hope is that other teenagers will see that it’s the cool thing to do, you know, it’s good to help other people,” Gilleylen told KMOV. “It doesn’t make you uncool to stop and help someone who needs it.”
Since their story went viral, Gilleylen and Seth have started a GoFundMe page in order to raise money for a new electric wheelchair for Beck – and it is already halfway to its goal of $4,000.
(WATCH the news coverage below) – Photo by Amber Gilleylen
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