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Home Depot Employees Make PVC Walker For Toddler With Hypotonia

Photo courtesy of CNN


Being born with a muscular disorder isn’t easy. Aside from therapy services and difficulties of everyday life, this group of people depends on countless equipment and different items that make life easier to navigate. The issue with these items is that if you count on insurances to help pay for them, you might end up with the short end of the stick as they may take too long to get the items to you or may even refuse to get you the item you need in the first place. So what does a desperate family do? They do what the Moore’s did and create their own walker from items at the Home Depot!


Christian and Justin Moore have a 2-year-old son named Lucas who was born with a muscular syndrome called hypotonia — which is when a child’s muscle tone is targeted making stability a serious struggle. Walking is a daily struggle for Lucas and when his parents reached out to their insurance provider in order to get a walker, they found out that their insurance provider might not be able to cover the cost of his walker.


Where most of us would’ve gotten upset or worked up, the Moore’s decided to take matters into their own hands and create a walker for their son using PVC pipes and supplies they could find at a hardware store. This took place in Georgia earlier this month after Lucas’ physical therapist mentioned to mom and dad that they should get him a gait trainer to help improve his ability to walk.


Once their insurance told them the walker might take too long to arrive — if it even arrived at all — they turned to YouTube where they found a tutorial on how to make a walker using PVC pipes and got to work.

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Once they arrived at their local Home Depot to buy the items they needed, Mrs. Moore asked an associate where she could find the specific pieces she was after and what she was going to use the items for. Shortly after explaining to the employee what she needed, another store associate and store manager came to Mrs. Moore and told her they’d put the walker together for her and would build the walker free of charge. They then sent her off to get an ice cream cone and asked her to return for the finished walker in an hour.


When the family returned to the Home Depot, not only was the walker complete but it even had Lucas’ name on it. In statement to an ABC affiliate in Denver, Mrs. Moore said "I couldn't believe they were willing to do that. It took everything I had not to cry because it hasn't been an easy road for my son. He has had a hard time doing things that would be easy for most children his age.”


The photo of the family with the new walker — which has been posted to Facebook and has also been written about dozens of times — has many people in awe of the human kindness exhibited by the Home Depot staff but another group of people isn’t too happy with the situation. Some folks on Twitter have pointed out that though this story is a heartwarming one, it shows the inconsistency among insurance providers and how difficult they make it for families to receive the services and equipment they need.

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