2-year-old Silas’s mother Jessica Johnson had been searching for a long time for a walker for her son who has Norris Disease. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Norrie disease is an inherited eye disorder that leads to blindness in male infants at birth or soon after birth. About one-third of individuals with Norrie disease develop progressive hearing loss, and more than half experience developmental delays in motor skills such as sitting up and walking.”
Jessica searched for a walker that would fit Silas, who was too big for standard size walkers. Her grandfather visited The Home Depot in North Richland Hills, Texas to get supplies to build one on his own but employees Eric Bindel and Christopher Wright told him that they would make a custom walker for Silas themselves.
When Jessica and her grandfather returned two days later they were overwhelmed with joy from the lime green walker the crafty gentlemen built for Silas.
“I used the foam around the edges to make it soft, rope to secure the seat,” said Chris Wright. “Reflective tape on it to kind of help it stand out if they’re out in public or something so that way you can see him.”
Jessica loved seeing her child being able to move around in the new walker.
“As soon as we put him in there he was spilling around,” Jessica told CBS. “He was able to move; the cause and effect of him doing that — that’s awesome. We need to recognize these gentlemen who put their heart and hard work into making this for my son.”
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The contraption not only brought joy to Silas’ family but also to The Home Depot employees who smiled and cried when they saw the toddler enjoying himself.
“As soon as we put him in there, it was just really cool,” supervisor Eric Bindel said. “He started feeling around on it. You could tell he was happy. He was excited, basically. He started laughing and then started using his little feet to push himself backwards,” Bindel continued. “I had a big smile. Everybody had a big smile, maybe a couple little tears here and there.”
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