Magazine article The New American

Long Way from Home

Magazine article The New American

Long Way from Home

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When 67-year-old Belinda Whitaker's wheelchair broke down on the road in Smyrna, Georgia, she was lucky enough to be graced by the presence of 24-yearold Bilal Quintyne, who pushed her and her heavy wheelchair all the way home, the Washington Post reported.

Whitaker recalls that the wheelchair battery had died, and she was stranded on a road relatively close to a busy area, but no one stopped to help her for 45 minutes, except for one passerby who helped her back into her wheelchair after she was thrown from it by the initial jolt of the wheelchair's sudden stop. Thankfully, Quintyne happened upon the scene.

Quintyne was preparing to go for a run with his trainer when he noticed Whitaker and approached her to ask what was wrong. Whitaker explained and asked if he could call someone for help. Quintyne did more than that, though. "I'll do you one better," he said. "God blessed me with an able body. I'll push you home."

He pushed her all the way back to her senior living home, which was no small feat. The chair alone is 360 pounds and the walk was approximately 30 minutes.

Quintyne's trainer captured a video of his good deed and posted it on Facebook, where it has been viewed millions of times.

Amazingly, Quintyne and Whitaker did not exchange information during their journey home. Neither knew who the other was until a friend of Quintyne's recognized Whitaker at a local gas station from the Facebook video. In the same week, Whitaker's pastor, Stephan Bell, saw the video on Facebook and recognized his parishioner. …

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