A video of a father helping his son skate at a Sacramento skate park has gone viral. However, for that father, it was a labor of love.
Helmet on, seat belt in place, and Atticus is ready to roll. He’s quickly becoming a favorite at a local skate park.
He’s an 8-year-old addicted to the adrenaline rush.
His mother Tresa Edmunds says watching her son smile and seeing the joy he gets from skating with his father is gratifying.
“He loves action, he loves motion, you can’t go fast enough for this kid,” she said.
Atticus is living with cerebral palsy. It’s a disease that attacks his muscles, making using the skate park by himself, a challenge. That’s where dad Jared Edmunds comes in handy.
“He really is just like any other kid,” Jared Edmunds said. “His body needs a little extra help to get things done, but like any father, when you see your kid happy, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.”
A video on the Internet sparked inspiration and opened a new realm of possibility.
“I was online, and I saw a video of another dad pushing his son at a skate park, and I came home and I asked my wife if she had ever seen the video,” said Jared Edmunds. “I said we’re going right now.”
They said they dropped everything, climbed in the car and just tried it out.
Tresa Edmunds said she wants the world to know her son.
“I have a YouTube channel, and I feature videos of Atticus all the time. I want to show the world that he’s this awesome little kid, and that even though he uses a wheelchair and has these disabilities, he’s still this awesome little kid that has so much inside of him to share with the world,” Tresa Edmunds said.
With each YouTube view, Atticus continues to capture eyes across the globe, but for now, it’s all about having fun.
“Everyone with disabilities, they have all the same wants and needs as the rest of us, and it just takes the tiniest bit of adaptation to make our world expand to include them,” Tresa Edmunds said.
For an 8-year-old with an insatiable need for speed, his world just got a little bit bigger.