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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Boy gets ATV wheelchair

LYONS, GA (WTOC) - Tracy Banks could barely contain his joy when a delivery truck pulled into Lyons' Partin Park Saturday. The 10 year old knew the motorized metal it carried will be his ticket to the great outdoors. In March, WTOC reported his family's effort to get an all terrain wheelchair for him. Word spread from the story and WTOC viewers donated enough to cover the $10,000 cost.

"It was very overwhelming," said his mom, Robyn Banks. "We got the one phone call with the big donation and all I could do was cry the rest of the day."

"I honestly thought we would raise a little of the money, get the half to pay down and finance the other half and get it next summer," explained Tracy's dad Tony. "In no way did I imagine a month later, we'd be here with the chair."

The chair is manufactured by Action Trackchair. Its tank-like treads and horsepower help users leave the pavement and other even surfaces they've always needed with conventional chairs. Tracy's parents want to share his new-found freedom with another family somewhere. They've given the surplus donations to the company to go toward another person's chair.

The Banks say, so many people helped, they can't pay this back...but they can pay it forward.

"I just want to say we appreciate it and say thank you. God bless you," Tony added.

"It's just so amazing how one little boy can touch so many hearts. It gives you a lot of hope for the world," Robyn stated.

Even with a 10 hour rechargeable battery, the parents figure the chair will run out of energy before Tracy.

For more information about the chairs, visit http://www.actiontrackchair.com/.

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