MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The Dallas Cowboys of Carolina Fan Club came together for a Meet and Greet, Membership Sign-Up event, and they decided to honor a very courageous young person. The event was at IV Stones in Mt. Pleasant.
Tyreik Gadsden, the 5-year-old boy who was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot in the back in May, is a big fan of The Cowboys, and motorcycles.
After learning this from Tyreik's aunt who is a member of the Fan Club, other members and local motorcycle clubs decided to come out to "show Tyreik some love," as the Fan Club's Facebook page states.
"We just thought it was going to be something small," says Tyreik's aunt, Vanessa Hamilton. "I guess we don't know how big Tyreik really is."
What started as a meet and greet for the club turned out to be a special day for Tyreik. The leader of the Fan Club, Marsha Reese wanted to see this through.
"He's a cowboy fan so we figured we can come out and do something positive and make him happy," says Reese.
Motorcyclists from the lowcountry showed up in support and 5-year-old Tyreik got all geared up for a moment on the bike.
"It was good to see him smiling, but I'm a Jaguar fan myself. I'm not going to hold it against the little man that he's a cowboys fan," says a motorcyclist jokingly, who goes by Old School.
Tyreik couldn't take his eyes of the motorcycles as they arrived.
"We always love putting a smile on the kids face when they hear our engines rev up," says Old School.
And Tyreik's smile is something you can't miss.
"He was always smiling," says Reese. "I mean I'm just like lost for words because for a little boy to be in pain so much he doesn't even show it."
The Fan Club will continue to support Tyreik and his family by selling t-shirts. All proceeds will go towards the Tyreik Gadsden Miracle Fund. His aunt says the family is thankful for the support.
"We're overwhelmed because we didn't think this many people were going to turn out," says Hamilton.
Tyreik Gadsden Miracle Fund: http://www.gofundme.com/ws77a2g.