Sometimes, life throws you a perfect opportunity to help someone out—and whether you take it or not defines who you are.
When the universe put one young man in the right place in the right time, he knew he was just the right person to do something incredible for a stranger, leading to an incredible viral moment—and a new friendship.
In early May, Bilal Quintyne, a 24-year-old amateur boxer also known as “Gifted King,” was planning to go for a training run in Smyrna, Georgia.
But a concerning sight near his training spot quickly changed his plans:
He found a woman on the side of the road, stuck in her wheelchair.
“She kind of had a blank look,” he told the Washington Post. “I just asked her, ‘Are you okay?’”
Belinda Whitaker, 67, told him that she had been there for 45 minutes. The motor on her motorized wheelchair had given out, stranding her on the road.
Even worse, none of the passerby had stopped to help.
“I was sitting there thinking, ‘What should I do? Should I call the police?’” Whitaker later recalled. “I put my head down and said, ‘Dear God, dear God, please find somebody safe to help me out.’”
“The next thing I know, Bilal shows up.”
It turns out Quintyne was the hero she prayed for, but not in the way she imagined. She asked the young man to call for help—instead, he had a better idea.
“I’ll do you one better,” he said. “God blessed me with an able body. I’ll push you home.”
Quintyne pushed the motorized wheelchair all the way back to Whitaker’s home!
The boxer got to do some training after all: Whitaker’s senior housing complex was 30 minutes away, and since the wheels on the chair had frozen up, pushing the chair wasn’t easy.
During their trip, Quintyne’s trainer Tony Willingham showed up for their run and saw what he was doing. He filmed the scene, not surprised by his client’s good deed.
“He just said he was taking her home,” Willingham said. “He just does stuff like that. That’s who that kid is.”
Finally, they reached the apartments. Quintyne was sweaty and tired from the effort but knew it was all worth it to do the right thing.
“God blessed me with a able body. So WE pulled her home,” he wrote, posting the video on Facebook. “A mile or not I wouldn’t go home until she was home. Period.”
Whitaker hugged Quintyne and the two parted ways. Since then, the video has gone viral with over 3.4 million views on Facebook.
With his newfound fame, many people have been offering Quintyne money—but he’s turned it down, instead focusing on someone else.
He’s used the video’s attention to help Whitaker get a wheelchair van.
He set up a GoFundMe page. “I [ask] that we all, including myself, sow a seed into helping Ms. Belinda get a handicapped accessible van so that she will never be stranded again,” he wrote on Facebook.
“We’ve seen many people ride past her, walk past her, and totally ignore when she was in need of help. This is our chance as human beings to make up for such a careless act.”
Meanwhile, Whitaker had no idea about all this attention until a friend of Quintyre’s recognized her in a coffee shop and told her the video had gone viral.
Around the same time, Stephan Bell, a pastor at the Divine Order Church, saw the video and recognized Whitaker from his congregation. He was inspired by the video and decided to celebrate the hero for his good deed.
He honored Quintyre at church, reuniting him with Whitaker.
For his act of kindness, the boxer was given a plaque, along with a gift certificate to Cheesecake Factory, which he plans to use to treat his family.
But for Quintyre, the good deed was its own reward, and he was glad to be able to use his strength to help someone in need.
“I just felt so much love,” he told the Washington Post. “I don’t see myself as no superhero, I don’t see myself as no great guy. I’m just a moral man doing what I was put on this Earth to do.”
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Posted by Gifted King on Friday, May 4, 2018