A wheelchair-bound man was struggling to escape a dangerous storm when he got help from an unexpected source.

We’ve all seen movies and cartoons where a tornado is heading right for the protagonist, who is running away and trying to escape. Like getting stuck in quicksand, we figure these situations are made for movies, not something we would even encounter in real life.

Frightening weather report

Gregory Beck, a wheelchair-bound double amputee who is also legally blind due to diabetes complications, was on his way home from grocery shopping when he heard tornado sirens blaring. In St. Louis, Missouri, this kind of thing happens regularly, so citizens know what to expect when they hear these sirens. In the case of tornado warnings, people head inside their homes as fast as they possibly can — which was a problem for Gregory, who has a manual wheelchair.

Everyone kept telling me the storm is coming and you need to hurry up and get home.

– Gregory Beck

A helping hand

Gregory headed home as fast as he could as soon as he heard the sirens, but the journey would usually take him 25 minutes as it was uphill and required several breaks. He passed numerous cars on his way back home but nobody stopped to help him. They simply honked their horns and yelled for Gregory to hurry up. Finally, 16-year-old Seth Phillips and his mother Amber Gilleylen, came to the rescue. The teenager jumped out of his family van and pushed Gregory the remainder of the way home. Amber beamed with pride, recording her son as he did the good deed. 

My hope is that other teenagers will see that it’s the cool thing to do, you know, it’s good to help other people. It doesn’t make you uncool to stop and help someone who needs it.

-Amber Gilleylen

An amazing example

Seth and his mother didn’t stop with just helping Gregory reach safety. They also started a GoFundMe to get their new friend an electric wheelchair and quickly surpassed their goal! The many people who overlooked Gregory and didn’t help him should take a look at the actions of Seth and his mother. As Seth himself mentioned, he did it because it was the right thing to do: “We need to be caring for each other and helping each other out.”

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Lend a helping hand
If you see someone struggling, don’t hesitate to assist them. They may appreciate it more than you know.