4-Year-old with genetic disorder receives most awesome community gift

Jun 10, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Image: Trisha Roninger/ABC News

A few random acts of kindness can truly go a long way. One family is seeing dreams for their disabled son come to fruition thanks to generous community donations.

You don't always need to be a friend or family member to help someone in need.

Residents of the Klamath Falls community in Oregon have rallied together to help a local family. Trisha Roninger and her husband are proud parents of their 4-year-old son, Logan. Doctors diagnosed him before age 2 with spinal muscular atrophy, a disorder that affects muscle movement. Even though Logan has never walked, his parents are determined to give him a life full of memories most of us would take for granted.

"Our very little boy just wants to play in the dirt, play in the mud," Trisha tells ABC News. "We want to make it as accessible as possible. We want to give him that opportunity."

A fan of the great outdoors like his parents, Logan has been able to enjoy trips thanks to a power wheelchair. As he continues to grow, so does his need for something more durable. The Roningers soon set their eyes on a Tankchair, a wheelchair solution tailored to help those with disabilities enjoy outdoor activities. The idea came from a husband whose wife suffered an accident that left her disabled and incapable of participating in family events.

With the cost of the new chair around $17,000 and insurance not providing any coverage, Trisha and her husband didn't think their dream would ever become a reality.

Thankfully they live in a community of people who enjoy helping others.

Businesses and schools like Klamath Union High School worked to raise $11,000 for the Roningers to buy their son a Tankchair. Nat Ellis, a teacher from Klamath Union, was able to come up with the rest in the most amazing way.

"I just thought it was a good way to give it off to someone else," tells Ellis.

Nat made the decision to sell his collection of vintage toys on eBay and put the money toward Logan instead of his retirement. Working with his students to get the message out, Ellis found a buyer who later donated his 25-year-old collection back to him.

"Life's not about us," said Nat. "It's about other people. So the best thing you can do is help as many people as possible."

This is such a heartwarming story with a wonderful ending. It's so good to hear about the charitable efforts of others and how they can make a world of difference in someone else's life.

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