Thieves Steal Walker From Norman Boy Battling Disease

Monday, November 18th 2013, 6:08 pm

By: News 9

Thieves took a young boy's walker in Norman Monday morning. A walker 11-year-old Bryan Morrow needs in order to get around.

Bryan has cerebral palsy. And the family placed his walker right on the sidewalk by their house, and went inside to wait for the bus, since it was a cold and chilly morning.

When they came outside, it was gone.

It happened around 7:45 a.m. Monday at the corner of West Haddock Street and Fay Ave. in Norman, near Norman North High School.

The boy's grandmother is devastated. She says Bryan has a wheelchair, but depends on the walker to get around, and to do his physical therapy.

She's even put a sign up in her front yard that says "PLEASE BRING BRYAN"S WALKER BACK," hoping whoever took it has a change of heart, and brings it back.

"We just want it back," said Diana Morrow. She is not only his grandmother, but his caretaker. "We wouldn't ask any questions just bring it back, because we need it! He needs it!"

Morrow still can't believe it really happened.

"That is his mode of transportation," cried Morrow. "He'd rather be in his walker than in his wheelchair any day."

It's true.

Over at Longfellow Middle School, Bryan does everything he can to stay out of his wheelchair. So when his teacher and physical therapist found out what happened, they got mad too.

"That's just horrible," said Amy Laubach, Bryan's physical therapist. "That's his means of accessing his environment and for someone to take that from him - it's like taking away his legs."

But the school has stepped in to help. They are lending the family a walker for Bryan to use. The teachers and principal are pooling together money to get Bryan a brand new one.

"Yes and we should have that in a couple of weeks," said Laubach. "But until then, we have something to tide him over."

But his grandmother just wishes they had his old one back. Those walkers cost a few hundred dollars.

If you'd like to help the school with the cost, contact Longfellow Middle School in Norman.


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