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Skyler Bates

Cleveland, TN

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He may just be 10, but in his short life, Skyler Bates has been a hero to many.
He’s an achiever, always being an honor roll student and receiving many academic awards. He’s persevered through suffering that most adults could never face. Born with cerebral palsy which has him confined to a wheelchair. At 3, he lost a brother in a fire. Then in 2012 he lost his two remaining brothers when his mother neglected their care. He has always been raised by his paternal grandparents but he loves and misses his mother. He not only lost his brothers but also his mother. While it would be easy for him to fall into despair or hate his mother, he chose forgiveness and his compassion touches everyone he meets. During his mother’s trial, the DA repeatedly said “something needs to be done about meth” and Skyler chose to do something by launching “Skylers Anti-Meth Fight” in honor of his brothers, to bring awareness to the tragedies that meth addictions can bring and by becoming an advocate for children and families touched by this horrible addiction. Even through his great loss, his smile lights up the darkest day and his heart of compassion continues to make a difference. His Facebook page has 1700 likes and has already changed lives. He wants to continue to educate by taking his message into schools and other venues. His only obstacle in his fight is his mobility. His grandparents are unable to transport him without assistance. He deserves to have his voice heard. An automobile that eases transportation hardships would make that possible. Please vote for him and help him win “THE SKYLER MOBILE”. Some of the comments on Skylers Anti Meth Fight page include, “glad to see an attempt at a positive outcome out of such a tragedy,the whole community should join this brave young man’s fight.” Another reads “that young man is a warrior, strong as a lion, his spirit is mighty and his willpower tenacious.” Are these not all indeed attributes of a hero? How many 10 year olds can be described with words like perservere, advocate, educate, achieve, compassion, tenacious and warrior?