Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (WTXF) - The family of a terminally ill boy in Montgomery County is learning sometimes good things can come from bad situations. FOX 29 first told you about a nasty message written on a family's SUV while they were inside the King of Prussia Mall visiting Santa. When the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Bureau saw the story they wanted to help out, so Thursday the boy got a big surprise.
The stretch limo in the driveway was a dead giveaway that this day was going to be special. A first class day was planned after a disastrous day 2 weeks ago. The Coyne's family visit to Santa turned sour in the King of Prussia mall parking lot after someone wrote a message in lipstick on their SUV, which read, 'UR Not Handicap'. The message was a kick in the gut for a family with a son suffering from Batten disease, which is a rare terminal illness.
Three years ago, Garrett was a normal kid. Since then the disease has left him blind and losing his functions. He may not have long to live that's why this Christmas is so important.
Since hearing about the story the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Bureau helped arrange a day of fun at LEGOLAND at the Plymouth Meeting Mall.
"Garrett himself since he can't see or speak anymore he just likes being around kids and LEGOLAND is filled with kids."
The family is hoping their story will help others understand the challenges of families of those with special needs.
"Hopefully, whoever did this they get to see this and they get to understand who Garrett is. What we do as a family and hopefully it helps them look into their self and say I made a mistake and say lets move on," his dad, Joe Coyne, said.
Garrett may not be able to speak anymore, but his story certainly taught others a big lesson about tolerance.
"Now, I get to explain to my son there are nice people out there.just because somebody did one bad act. there are tons of other people that are being wonderful," his mom, Nancy Coyne, said.
Police say they have identified a suspect in the case. She's an elderly woman, charges are pending, according to police.