Tobias Bass had one simple request. The 10-year-old Oklahoma boy who wanted to run a 5K with his disabled brother said he was missing one piece of equipment.
“I just want to tell you that there’s nobody dying, I don’t need no money, I just need to borrow a stroller. That’s it,” Bass told Channel 9 News. The boy had written a letter to the station’s news anchors asking for someone to donate a specialized stroller that will allow him to push his 11-year-old brother, Titus, who has cerebral palsy, in an upcoming race at Oklahoma City’s John Marshall Mid-High School.
“My pastor said we have to be God’s hand and feet, but I’m going to be his legs too,” Tobias wrote in his three-page letter explaining why he plans on running the race.
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Titus can’t walk, hear or eat food. “Every time I just see my brother staring outside, he’s looking at kids riding their bikes. He just looks out there and seems them running, talking and laughing. He just cries every time,” Tobias said.
Determined to help his older brother get outside, Tobias decided to sign up for a 5K race. “I decided I would start by pushing him in a 5K and we would work our way up to an ironman contest someday,” he wrote in the letter.
But with only a baby stroller at his disposal, Tobias knew his brother would benefit from one of “those fancy running pushing joggers” and decided to ask the local news station for help.
The local news station contacted Oklahoma Able Tech, a statewide program to help people with disabilities, who gave Titus a jogging stroller to keep. The pair has been practicing with it and plan to be finish the 3.1 mile race on Friday night.
Tobias ended his letter by saying that his mission isn’t limited to helping his brother.
“If someone can loan me a pusher I will volunteer myself out to any other parents who want me to run their disabled children in a 5K,” Tobias wrote. “I can be the legs for more than one kid. I want help for someone who is alive and can still laugh on life.”