MEXICO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - DeVante Dupree was the center of attention at a special celebration in Mexico today. Something this 13-year old isn't used to. DeVante, who was born with cerebral palsy, was made a honorary Wal-Mart truck driver for the day.
It's part of Wal-Mart's Heart program,where drivers give back in big way. DeVante, who has had six operations in his lifetime, received gift cards, an Xbox and a gaming chair. But they saved the best for last.
Riding a bike is something Devante has longed to do with his friends.
DeVante Dupree says, "I am feeling amazed and shocked, I didn't expect any of this, nor do I think I deserve all this. I love everyone here, this is such a great company."
The drivers donated their time and money to purchase all of the items and the 12-hundred dollar adaptive bike, which was shipped by Wal Mart employees in Arizona and assembled here in Maine. The pay off -- watching a young boy feel the wind in his face for the very first time.
Christel Dupree, Devante's mom says "he has never able to ride a bike before, he just wants to be like the rest of the other kids and this will help out a lot.
DeVante says he was always worried that people would make fun of him because he can't ride a bike, but says now that he has this bike he's happy because he can ride like everyone else.
John Lastage, a Wal-Mart Heart Driver says, "it's enjoyable to be able to give back to the community, we call it Wal-Mart heart because as drivers, we do it from the heart we do it because we want to do something for young people."
Devante also received a stationary bike, he plans to use it everyday so he can build up his strength so in time he can ride with his mom and his friends outside.