Arkansas Teen Saves for 2 Years to Surprise Classmate with Electric Wheelchair
“There’s many people out here that have troubles and need a little bit of help.”
Tanner Wilson and Brandon Qualls are both students at Caddo Hills High School in Norman, Arkansas, but when it comes getting to from class to class, the teen boys have had very different experiences.
Wilson watched Qualls, who uses a wheelchair to get around the hallways, struggle with a hand-push model for years. “My arms would get really tired and I would have to stop and take rests,” Qualls told THV11.
So, last month Tanner spent two years of savings he earned working part-time at a local car mechanic shop to buy his friend an electric wheelchair.
“He’s just been a really good friend and I wanted to do him a favor,” Tanner told the station. "I just felt like I needed to do it and I wanted to do it.”
He then surprised Qualls with his new chair in front of their classmates. A teacher even helped deck it out with orange flames on the fenders—orange is Qualls’ favorite color.
“They came in and my face just blew up…crying everywhere…just like ‘Wow, can’t believe he did that for me!’” Qualls told THV11.
Tanner said that seeing Brandon smile was priceless. “There’s many people out here that have troubles and need a little bit of help. Sometimes they can’t do it for themselves,” Tanner said. "Kids ask me was it worth it was it worth it?” he continued. “Yeah, 100 percent.”
His mother Colleen Carmack told CNN that she isn’t at all surprised by her son’s behavior. "That's him. He's always been about everybody else and not himself," she said. "We let him know, you get nowhere being mean."