BLACKFOOT — A local boy who has been in a wheelchair his entire life will finally have the chance to learn to walk thanks to the help of his friends and several community members.
Brandyn Gee has spastic cerebral palsy and has been in a wheelchair his entire life. He is a third grader and his friends describe him as a smart kid who is funny, loves to laugh and enjoys playing football.
Brandyn's dream of walking may soon come true. He was recently fitted with a specially designed walker to aid him in learning to walk, but because of space limitations he cannot use it inside his home.
On Monday, contractors broke ground on a new addition to the home just west of Blackfoot—a 28 by 16 foot room that will double as a physical therapy room and Brandyn's bedroom. Several of the materials have been donated as well as the labor to construct the room.
Brandyn's friends have helped to raise funds and donations for the project. They are also doing extra jobs at home to raise money and have helped pass out flyers in the community. They all agree—they love Brandyn and are helping him in any way possible so he will have the opportunity to learn to walk.
"This is just amazing," Brandyn's mom Michelle Gee said of the project. "It started out as just a thought or a dream for us."
She said there is no doubt that Brandyn will learn to walk and they plan to do what they can to make it happen.
"He's got to have every chance he can to reach his potential," Michelle said. "It's going to happen."
General contractor Rod Albertson is overseeing the project and said the community effort and response for the project has been amazing.
"I feel blessed to even be working on the project," Albertson said. "He deserves every chance he can get to be able to walk."
Donations for the project are still being collected. Donations can be made to the Building for Brandyn Fund (Brandyn Gee account) at any Zion's Bank. For more information call Amy at 681-6843 or Marie at 690-9174.