TUSCALOOSA MEN FIND WOMAN THEY HELPED AT BEACH, RAISING MONEY FOR NEW WHEELCHAIR
Two Tuscaloosa men who launched a search for a young woman they helped at the beach this summer have finally found her and her family.
Justin Johnson and Dustin Smalley spent a small part of their summer vacation in St. Pete, Florida, in July helping a young woman get down to the beach.
But the search is over thanks to social media.
“It’s kind of overwhelming to sit there and find a needle in a haystack, but we reached out there and we found them,” Smalley said.
Nancy Gregory, 21, has cerebral palsy and normally depends on her wheelchair to get around, but it’s not equipped for traversing sand.
After Johnson and Smalley helped the family that day, they parted ways without exchanging information, but Johnson and Smalley said after they got back they decided to look into helping Gregory’s family by getting her a chair that can operate on sand.
“What we did is what we were supposed to do, so at this point now we are just trying to help her live an easier life,” Johnson said.
To facilitate Gregory’s love of the beach, Smalley and Johnson are bartending for a cause tonight at 1831 in downtown Tuscaloosa starting at 6 p.m. All their tips are going toward Gregory’s new chair.
If you can’t make it to the event but would still like to help, you can donate by visiting their Go Fund Me page right here.