Skyler Bates Cleveland, TN 3,639 Votes
I have custody of my grandson Skyler, who is 9 yrs old. He was born 3 months early, has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He’s very out going. He’s very smart. He loves math. He is on student counsel at school. His grandpa and I are extremely limited in how many places we are able to transport him. Skyler is normally a happy and well adjusted little boy and he still has an infectious smile , but the last year he has lost some of the sparkle in his eyes . Last summer his three yr old and 5 yr old brothers died when their mother left them in a hot car. It would lift Skylers spirits so much to be able to go to school activities, sporting events, family gatherings and to attend church more than he is able to at this time due to our transportation issues . I have been able to take him to church very few times this past year due to his size and breaking my wrist and that making it difficult to lift and transfer him. Skyler does have aunts and uncles who help with him a little by taking him places sometimes but it’s very little that they can do due to their family obligations. It is just Skyler, his Papaw and myself in our home. All that I do, I do for Skyler, but Skyler deserves so much more! Although I have had custody of him since he was 4 months old , it still makes him very sad that his mother is in jail and may be there for a very long time. Although Skyler’s mother is my ex daughter in law I try to encourage his love and compassion for her and that is partly why his little heart hurts as it does, because of his compassionate heart. If you can find it in your heart to please help make Skyler’s life better with appropriate transportation for my hero and hero to many other people, SKYLER LEE BATES!!! Thank you and God Bless, Linda Bates, proud grandma of Skyler.