POSTED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 12:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 4:14pm
Texas — An 11-year-old Texas boy, living with a life-altering disease, was dealt another set-back. His bike was stolen while he was doing the one thing that helps him cope with his illness, boxing as rehab.
But, now, he has a new set of wheels, thanks to a surprise donation.
He's only been at it for two months, but Jason already loves boxing.
"Just because i can let all my anger out," said Jason. But, he'll never actually get to compete in a boxing ring.
The 11-year-old has Willebrands Disease, which means if he gets hit, his body won't be able to stop the bleeding, making for a long recovery time.
That just makes it challenging from time to time what he is allowed to do, that includes riding his bike.
In fact, his mother had just allowed him to start riding his bike to practice.
"And I was standing on this side of the ring here when I saw one kid take off in a sprint, and got his bike and sprinted towards the back and hauled towards the Skinny's up there on South 7th," said Jason's mother.
That gave Jason a deeper bruise than he's ever gotten from a boxing glove.
The team stopped practicing and started searching for the bike, with no luck.
So Ernest went to Wal-Mart.
"I explained my situation to Wal-mart, and Wal-mart was giving enough to let us have that bike," said Ernest. The bike was waiting for Jason when he walked into practice.
"I'm ready to see this kid come to practice to see a smile on his face, instead of a frown when he left," said Ernest.
Jason was all smiles when he walked in.
"It was just cool, I've never had a Mongoose before," said Jason.
Especially because he now has a way to get around. "I can ride my bike up and down the street," said Jason.
And after putting up a fight in the boxing ring, it's his way to get home.
Jason's coach says he will install a bike rack at the gym so incidents like that won't happen again.