Anonymous donor gives thousands to help little boy walk

Published: Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:53 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2012 at 4:04 PM EST
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Braxton takes his first steps
Braxton takes his first steps

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - An anonymous donor has given an early Christmas gift to a Midlands family who hopes their son will be able to walk on his own someday.

Jason and Karen Snyder's 3-year-old son Braxton has Cerebral Palsy and depends on an innovative, but expensive therapy to take the necessary steps to learn to walk by himself.

A special suit made of a series of bands and bungees recently allowed Braxton to take his first steps at The Therapy Place in Columbia.

News 10 produced a story about the little boy and his triumph in early November.

Until that day, Braxton had only been able to crawl or use a walker.

The progress comes at a very high price, though. The "Therasuit" and associated therapy sessions over three weeks cost over $4000.

Recently Hannah Horne heard from Braxton's father who says somebody saw the story and wanted to help.

"It has really helped so much so that yesterday an anonymous person who either saw the story on WIS or the web walked into the Therapy Place and paid the entire $4500 for his next session!" wrote Jason Snyder on Wednesday. "I don't think this would have been possible without the help of you and WIS so we truly thank you very much!"

"It's definitely a Christmas blessing," said Jason.

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