CEDAR RAPIDS — A photo showing Navy Veteran and Cedar Falls Native Taylor Morris getting a helping hand is getting national attention online.
Morris, a quadruple amputee after losing both arms and legs in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, was traveling through the Las Vegas Airport last weekend when he fell coming out of airport security. The fall twisted one of his prosthetic legs, making it very difficult for Morris to get around.
Morris said he and his friends tracked down an American Airlines employee to ask for a special Allen wrench to fix the leg. The airline mechanic was able to find the right tool and make the adjustments to Morris’ leg.
Morris’ fiance, Danielle, captured a picture of the repair and shared it on TaylorMorris.org. Since then, several groups have republished the photo, highlighting the lengths some people will go in order to help a veteran in need.
It is a good thing Morris’ leg is working again since he is getting ready to lead his charity’s 3rd annual Glow Stick 5k in Cedar Falls this weekend. Runners can sign up to run at night with glow sticks and other luminescent items. The event raises money for an inspirational story in the Cedar Valley, selected from an online vote.