Outpouring of support for boy born with no arms or legs
Fri, 12 Jul 2013 02:50:02 GMT —
He's the boy who's captured the hearts of the people in the Rio Grande Valley.
"I'm very grateful," Edgar Pacheco, Jr. said. "Especially the guys who gave me this chair because I think it was made for me."
Edgar's manual wheelchair was donated shortly after Action 4 News first introduced the 11-year-old in Brownsville earlier this week.
He was born with Tetra-Amelia Syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs.
His family has struggled to maneuver him in a stroller that he outgrew.
"I really think this chair is a blessing because it has made our life so much easier," Edgar said with a smile.
Dozens of Action 4 News viewers have reached out to help him.
"You know what people fell in love with, your smile!" Action 4's Ryan Wolf said.
"Well, I guess it's a natural smile," he laughingly said.
People from all over the RGV have been inspired by Edgar's positive outlook on life.
"It's a blessing because God permits us to live each and every day and we need to be thankful," Edgar said.
His siblings can't help but smile while in the same room listening to the interview.
They know that their loved one is about to get a big surprise.
"Remember I told you about Karen who's our microphone girl?" Ryan asked Edgar.
"Yes," he responded.
"She's not really our microphone girl," Ryan said. "She's actually a really good friend of ours on the Pay it 4Ward program. Karen Gonzalez works with FNB Insurance Agency and she has a very special reward for you."
"You inspired the entire Valley with your positivity and that beautiful smile of yours," Karen told Edgar. "And because of that we want to Pay it 4Ward to you with $400! $400 that is all yours that you can do anything with. Edgar here's $100, $200, $300, $400."
Edgar feels incredible gratitude for the kindness he's be shown.
He's a boy who proves that a life without limbs can still be filled with an abundance of love.
Edgar TMs family hopes somebody can build him a wheelchair access ramp for their home.
They also want to get a specialized electric wheelchair for him to allow for more independence.
Edgar TMs father, Edgar Pacheco, Sr., can be reached by calling (956) 579-1887.
A bank account has been set up at Wells Fargo under the name Diana E. Pacheco.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to help Edgar can do so at any Wells Fargo branch.