CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Due to having little muscle tone from the waist down, Tucker Anderson uses braces, crutches and a wheelchair in order to navigate his daily life. None of this stopped him from being able to live out his dream after a local charity made it all come true.
The 10-year-old Cabarrus County boy lives with Spina bifida and epilepsy. His daily smile and look of determination is a welcome presence in any room, and he immediately treats those he meets kindly with a comforting ease. He is self-motivated and his mother, Amory, says he takes inspiration from sports heroes. His favorite being, Drew Brees.
Recently, Charlotte-based charity Dream On 3 took Tucker and his parents and younger brother, Wyatt, on a VIP trip to New Orleans to visit the Saints in pre-game practices, and hanging on the sideline for a playoff game.
“Oh my gosh, he’s so excited,” Amory said beforehand. “I’m happy as a mother that he looks up to someone like Drew Brees who is a great dad.”
Once there, Brees introduced Tucker to the entire football team and all the Saints cheered around him after he rolled into the middle of the field. Later on game day, Brees came back over to Tucker and called him by name.
“We are just so impressed,” said Amory.
While in New Orleans, he also got to tour Bourbon Street, eat well, stay in the Hyatt Regency penthouse suite and attend an LSU game in VIP style.
Tucker also plays for the Rollin’ Hornets, a local adaptive basketball team for kids in wheelchairs. He says he finds joy on the court, being able to participate in sports.
Tucker and his mom will be live on On Your Side Tonight to describe their experience Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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