Tanner Wilson, a high school senior from Norman, Arkansas just provided the world with a perfect example of what true friendship actually looks like, and it honestly puts most of us to shame.
Wilson worked a part-time job for two years to buy his buddy an electric model wheelchair. How cool is that?
This young man is what makes America so awesome.
It was a struggle for Tanner’s friend, Brandon Qualls, to navigate through the halls of Caddo Hills High School in his manual wheelchair.take our poll - story continues below
“My arms would get really tired and I would have to stop and take rests,” Brandon told KTHV-TV.
Tanner noticed, and decided to do something to help.
“He’s just been a really good friend and I wanted to do him a favor,” Tanner told KMOV-TV. “I just felt like I needed to do it. … Brandon, he’s just always been there for me.”
But it took Tanner two years of working at a mechanic’s shop to earn enough funds to upgrade Brandon’s mode of transportation. He also did his research, spending a year searching before finding the right model of a wheelchair up for sale on Facebook.
Tanner presented Brandon with his new wheels during class last week, completely taking his friend by surprise.
“They came in and my face just blew up … crying everywhere,” Brandon told KTHV. “Just like, ‘Wow, can’t believe he did that for me.’
“I did not know he was saving up,” Brandon added. “It’s been my dream just to have one of these, and he made my dream come true.”
Seeing Brandon’s reaction was priceless, according to Tanner, who said he would do it all over again.
“Everybody keeps asking me, ‘Was it worth it? Was it worth it?'” Tanner explained. “Yeah, 100 percent.”
If you don’t at least get close to shedding a few tears over this heartwarming display of friendship, then you don’t have a soul.
With our country so divided and everyone at each other’s throats, it can be easy to forget what being a decent human being looks like. Thankfully, folks like Tanner and Brandon are there to remind us, helping light the path back to our shared humanity.
Thanks for the fantastic story, Tanner.