There's a heartwarming update to a story about a father's undying love for his two dying sons.
Both of Ron Brown's sons have a rare and debilitating genetic disorder called Sanfilippo syndrome. Brown was desperate for some help and people responded in amazing ways.
Brown said the community really stepped up to help the single dad and his two sons. After their story aired a little over a month ago, people were having carwashes and donating money to help in other ways. But one viewer's special gesture will change their lives forever.
When KCTV5's Erika Tallan showed up at Brown's door and told him that a viewer, who wanted to remain anonymous, got him and his family a van, the first response was shock, followed by tears.
"It's amazing that someone would actually do that from the kindness of their heart," he said.
Through blurry eyes, Brown took a good look at his family's new ride. He said he's been praying for this day.
A KCTV5 viewer bought Brown and his boys the 2012 wheelchair-accessible Dodge Caravan. She wanted to help after seeing a story KCTV5 aired with the father asking for votes to win a van like it for his two sons who have Sanfilippo syndrome.
His sons, Christian, 11, and Isaiah, 10, have lost their ability to talk, walk and eat, and their father struggles loading the boys in and out of his truck.
"She said, ‘Micky, I was sitting in the living room watching the news with my grandson in my arms and I started crying and I said I need to help this person, so I need you to help me help and I need you to find the van, match it, make it happen and I will pay,'" said Micky McRae, a Cable Dahmer automotive matchmaker.
McRae worked closely with the anonymous donor to find just the right van.
"All I had was the money and nothing else, so I had to research what is needed for the specific van, like it needs to fit two wheelchairs, it has to fit the height of the wheelchairs, what is the height, laying or straight up position," she said.
Brown's friend helped McRae with the surprise that will change the whole family's life.
"This is going to improve the quality of their lives, they're going to now be able to get out of the house and get into the community," said Amy Dehn, a very close friend.
"Knowing that I can just roll them out and not carry them out and not have to worry about dropping them, not have to worry about them being uncomfortable," Brown said.
It's a perfect fit, and Brown said he is forever grateful for the gift.
"Thank you very much and I wish the best in your life and you know, if my boys could say thank you, they would and you're a very amazing person, because she is," he said of the anonymous donor.
Brown said when he leaned that not one but both of his sons had Sanfilippo, he shut himself off from the world and felt like he was in this alone. He said now he sees and feels how much people really do care.
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:14:19 GMT
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