SC toddler battling paralyzing condition gets new wheels - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

SC toddler battling paralyzing condition gets new wheels

Posted: Updated:
Wyatt wheels around Cleveland Park with his new wheelchair. (March 13, 2014/FOX Carolina) Wyatt wheels around Cleveland Park with his new wheelchair. (March 13, 2014/FOX Carolina)
A photo of Wyatt for Finish Strong Ministries fundraiser. (Source: Wyatt's Fight Against TM Facebook page) A photo of Wyatt for Finish Strong Ministries fundraiser. (Source: Wyatt's Fight Against TM Facebook page)
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:30 GMT
    Lauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive DirectorLauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive Director
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
  • Dougherty County School System has Open House

    Dougherty County School System has Open House

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:19:35 GMT
    Valerie Williams, Radium Springs Middle School PrincipalValerie Williams, Radium Springs Middle School Principal
    Dougherty County parents and students got to meet old and new faces at their schools this evening.The school system held an open house at each school for families to meet the staff and learn what to expect for the upcoming school year.More >>
    Dougherty County parents and students got to meet old and new faces at their schools this evening.The school system held an open house at each school for families to meet the staff and learn what to expect for the upcoming school year.More >>
  • Law enforcement and first responders collaborate for "National Night Out"

    Law enforcement and first responders collaborate for "National Night Out"

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:14:28 GMT
    Imaya FreeloveImaya Freelove
    First responders reached out to the community Thursday night to build better relationships and help kids get ready for school.For the first time, all the law enforcement and first responder agencies in Dougherty County worked together on a National Night Out event. More >>
    First responders reached out to the community Thursday night to build better relationships and help kids get ready for school.For the first time, all the law enforcement and first responder agencies in Dougherty County worked together on a National Night Out event. More >>
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A little boy from Greenwood battling a rare neurological disease just received a generous gift from a donor.

Wyatt Banks is only about 17 months old, but he already made national headlines last year when he became one of the youngest people ever to use a wheelchair on his own.

Now several months later, he has a new ride made by Box Wheelchairs. His mother, Abby Wallis-Banks, said the new chair is significantly lighter and easier for Wyatt to maneuver. She says he can now move freely on most surfaces.

"We've got to lock the brakes on it, or he will roll off," said Wallis-Banks. "If he sees something he wants he goes after it."

The chair was a gift from Wallis-Banks childhood friend who is facing her own challenges.

Simpsonville native Heather Gray started her own organization called Finish Strong Ministries after her husband, Major David Gray, was killed in action in Afghanistan in August 2012.

Gray said when she saw Wyatt's smile she knew her husband would have wanted to help Wyatt.

"I think the two of them would be fast friends, he would love Wyatt, and to be a part of this," said Gray.

Wyatt continues to battle a rare neurological condition called Transverse Myelitis and have documented his journey on Facebook. He has regained the use of most of his upper body after the condition left him suddenly paralyzed last year, now he continues to fight to get back the use of his lower body.

Copyright 2014 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.