His whole life, 36-year-old David Thomas of Bessemer, Alabama dreamed of going to the beach. He was born with cerebral palsy and thought he would never get to see the ocean for himself.
But thanks to the kind hearts of his church family, David’s dream finally came true.
“It took me years to get here but God made a way for me to get here,” David told WJHG News. “I never imagined it looking like this, but it’s beautiful. I love it and don’t want to go home.”
David was taken to the beautiful beaches in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Sitting with his toes in the sugar white sand for the first time and listening to the sounds of crashing waves, a flood of emotion came over him.
“By you being disabled, you just don’t find too many people that take out time with you and willing to help you,” David tearfully said. “I just feel so good because I haven’t been anywhere since I was 15 years old so I’m having the time of my life right now.”
David said he has only left his hometown in Alabama one other time in his life and that was for a school field trip 20 years ago.
“If I never experience this again, I’m going to enjoy it right now and live in the moment and thank God for what it is,” he said.
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