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Amazing Kids in Acadiana: Paying it forward in New Iberia

Posted at 8:02 AM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 09:02:00-04

In today’s edition of “Amazing Kids in Acadiana” we head to New Iberia where a little boy shows us that no matter your limitations, anything is possible.

At 9 years old, Kael Landry has been through a lot. But watching him you’d never know it.

At the age of two Kael was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. He’s been in and out of the hospital for most of his life but hasn’t let that stop him from living his best life.

A year ago, for his eighth birthday, a local non-profit gifted Kael with his very own bicycle.
Something his mother, Brandie Landry says he’s always wanted.

And then, one night while they were lying in bed, Kael and his mother started talking about his 9th birthday.
Kael watched his mom scroll through Facebook and something caught his eye.

“I came across a Donors Choose link and clicked on it,” says Landry. “Across the top, they had a bunch of bicycles lined up.”

A teacher at Eaton Park Elementary School in Abbeville was looking for donations to help her pre-k children develop their gross motor skills on the playground.

“He said, ‘they need bikes for their birthday?’ I told him that’s not how it works. I told him, ‘you got people to help you get a bike they’re looking for people to help them get bikes,'” says Landry. “I asked if he wanted to get them bikes for his birthday. I told him that his friends could bring money or bikes and he said, ‘yeah.’ he wanted to give them bikes for his birthday.”

It was in that moment Brandie realized how special her little boy truly is.

“At first I didn’t think he knew the significance of all the people behind it putting it together to help him out and make his day special and important to him,” she says.  “He obviously did by wanting to do the same for others.”

Paying it forward, Kael was able to collect a dozen bikes and scooters for Mrs. Skye’s class.

While some things may not come easily to Kael, there is something that will, his willingness to always help others.