All Tobias Bass wanted was to borrow a jogging stroller. He ended up getting much, much more.
Tobias, a 10-year-old in Oklahoma, has been training to push his disabled brother, 11-year-old Titus, in a local 5K race. The only problem is Tobias didn't have a jogging stroller that would fit Titus. So he wrote this note to Oklahoma News 9. The note displays remarkable determination for a boy Tobias' age, and it has inspired countless people across the state and country:
Dear Mr. Kelly Ogle and Amanda Taylor,
Hi my name is Tobias Bass. I am 10 years old and a student at Ida Freeman in Edmond. I hear you guys on the news sometimes when something bad happens telling Oklahomans to send money to a bank to bury someone or for kids who parents have died. Well no one has died and I don’t want any money but I need help. My pastor said we have to be Gods hands and feet but I’m going to be his legs to. My brother is 11 and has cerebral palsy and is deaf and lost his stomach last year. He cries when he sees kids playing outside and wants to go to. So I decided I would start by pushing him in a 5k and we would work our way up to an Ironman contest someday. So our first 5k where I push him is Friday night at John Marshall High School on September 27 at 6:00.
Here’s the part I need help with. My mom is a teacher and can’t afford one of those fancy running pushing joggers and all I have to use is a baby pushing stroller. I don’t think it will fit Titus my brother. Can you go on the news and not ask Oklahomans to give me anything but can someone loan me a jogger pusher so I can push Titus in the 5k?
I have been in jujitsu since I was 5 and play football for Edmond all sports so I’m physically ready.
I am going to be a pastor someday and my mentor is pastor Craig Brochel of Life Church so I’m spiritually prepared.
If someone can loan me a pusher I will volunteer myself out to any other parents who want me to run their disabled children in a 5k. I can be the legs for more than one kid. I want help for someone who is alive and can still laugh on life. I hope you can ask for help to our Oklahomans.
Upon hearing of Tobias' quest, News 9 reached out to Oklahoma Able Tech and acquired a jogging stroller that he and his brother could keep. Tobias has been training for the 5K for weeks, and he'll get to live out his dream on Friday night.
"It's not all about me," Tobias says, "It's about Titus and love."