Family of boy with genetic disorder gets money for special wheelchair


OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - A local family has a lot to be grateful for. Arriving at ATI Physical Therapy in west Omaha Thursday afternoon, the Hobbs family got the shock of a lifetime. They received a check for $5,000. For Damon Hobbs, his wife Lynn and young son, Maddox, it's a dream come true.

"How many times can you say thank you or be grateful or show your gratefulness," said Damon Hobbs.

Even if the family didn't say it, Lynn's tears showed how appreciative the family is for the money presented to them by the ATI Foundation. Maddox suffers from a genetic disorder and needs a wheelchair to get around. Until now, he's used a manual wheelchair. With the money, the family can now invest in something power assisted.

"It's just one of those things we've actually needed."

The foundation that awarded the money turned in an even bigger surprise to the Hobbs family.

"The family actually thought we were going to pay half," said Terry Williams, the director of the ATI Foundation. "Today, we were proudly able to present the entire amount for the power device."

Williams says the power device will allow Maddox to get from place to place a lot easier.

"We know that it's going to make an immediate day-to-day impact on Maddox and his family's life."

"I think it's going to give him a little bit more ability to just kind of do what he wants to do when he wants to do it, instead of calling for one of us to help him out," added Damon Hobbs.

For Hobbs, the money he'll use to buy the equipment comes at a great time.

"It's like taking a building off your back."

ATI is a nonprofit group that provides resources and support for physically challenged children across the country. We're told so far more than $4 million has been given out.

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