Aussie man sends Illinois family wheelchair for autistic son

Associated Press
Posted2/5/2015 4:50 AM

TAMAROA, Ill. -- Katie Harsy never met the Australia man she's played Scrabble with for nearly two years on Facebook. However, the southern Illinois woman with a disabled son gets full of emotion when she talks about the man's generosity.

KFVS-TV ( reports Katie Harsy and her husband couldn't afford a wheelchair for their 6-year-old son Sam, who has severe autism. That's when help came from 69-year-old John Wood of Queensland, Australia, about 10,000 miles away.


Wood offered the Tamaroa family assistance and came through with a wheelchair he recently sent to the Harsys.

Katie Harsy says the delivery left her sobbing like a baby, and her son "didn't want to get out of it."

Wood calls his gesture "a no-brainer" and hopes others follow his lead when it comes to families in need.


Information from: KFVS-TV,

Article Comments
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.