Giveaways and contests are not unusual things to see in a news broadcast, which is why 10-year-old Tobias Bass of Edmond, Oklahoma, sent a letter to his local news station, News 9. He had one request for anchors, Kelly Ogle and Amanda Taylor: to ask their audience to please loan him a jogger so he could push his disabled brother in a 5K race. He said he did not want any donations; all he wanted was a loaner, because his mom is a teacher and could not afford to buy one.
Tobias’ older brother, 11-year-old Titus, has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or speak. Tobias said in the letter that he just wanted to be able to push his brother in the race so that Titus could have fun and participate like other kids. In his letter, he said that Titus, “cries when he sees kids playing outside and wants to go too.” He also made sure to include in the letter that he was more than able to push his brother in the race, he mentioned all sports he participates in and stated that he was physically prepared to carry out his plan.
His kindness did not stop there, he also said, “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.” News 9 decided to help Tobias and contacted Oklahoma ABLE Tech, an organization that connects Oklahomans with disabilities to assistive technology. They were touched by the letter he sent News 9 and were able to provide the family with a jogger stroller they could keep.
The 5K took place Friday, September 27th at John Marshall High School. The boys were joined by many supporters during the run, with some holding up homemade signs with words of encouragement. Tobias and his brother finished the race, with Titus smiling all the way to the finish line. They’re now preparing for their next race.