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Random Act of Kindness: Boy in wheelchair enjoys a mud race

10:54 AM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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LAGRANGE, Ga. -- Thomas Mills, 10, has always wanted to do a mud race. 

He gets a little sad each time his athletic parents, Laura and George Mills, leave him to participate in the races.

The fourth grader has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.

"He doesn't understand why he can't go, why they don't make races wheelchair accessible where he can race," his mom said.

So, she found someone who could help: Thomas Mills, a.k.a. Superman Walks. Yes, the young Thomas Mills and the Superman Walks founder share the same name! 

In addition, the pair felt fate brought them together because not only does Mills have the same first and last name as her son, but they both share the same "E" middle initial.

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"I met up with Superman Walks and he turned my dream into a reality," Laura said.

Mills founded Superman Walks a few years after losing part of his right leg in a motorcycle accident nearly 10 years ago.

"I was doing about 110 mph and I hit a guard rail. A reflector pole took my leg off right then and there. I went through some really, really dark days," said Mills.

He loved the idea of helping young Thomas.

"I tell her, let's do it. We're going to take your son through the race," said Thomas E. Mills, III.

Mills' organization spent months raising money to help young Thomas do the SuperHero Scramble in South Carolina at the end of June.

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On that day, more than 40 people volunteered to help steer Thomas through the grueling, muddy course for nearly four hours.

They realized early on that a key to successfully taking Thomas through the course would be turning one of Thomas' wheelchairs into something the racers could carry. The organization took on the expense of "tricking out" one of his wheelchairs.

"We couldn't have done it without the chair without the safety," said Laura. "There were two people on the brakes and two people on the chair pulling because there are hooks here. They had him strapped in and they had it strapped to themselves and it was so cool."

"Me as a mom, I white-knuckled his wheelchair the entire time," said Laura. "I broke my finger. I didn't even flinch. I wasn't coming off my spot on the chair. He (Thomas) was getting ready to go down the big waterslide and I started crying and I could hear him laughing," said Laura.

"It was amazing. He (Thomas) had such a good time. It was really a dream come true. All he (Superman Walks) asked is to pay it forward and we can handle that," said Laura.

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