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OKC committee honors disabled Oklahomans, advocates

by William Crum Published: October 29, 2013

Ten-year-old Tobias Bass wrote a letter to the news team at KWTV-9, asking them to go on the air and ask viewers to loan him a jogging stroller.
Tobias explained that his 11-year-old brother, Titus, has cerebral palsy. Tobias wanted to “be Titus’ legs” for a 5K run.
Tobias was among nine individuals and three organizations honored Tuesday at the annual Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns awards luncheon.
The awards recognize outstanding Oklahomans with disabilities and their advocates.
Titus cannot walk or hear, and Tobias wrote that his brother sometimes cries when he sees other children playing outside and cannot join in their games.
With the gift of a stroller from Oklahoma ABLE Tech, a program at Oklahoma State University to put technology to work for those with disabilities, Tobias and Titus ran the race.
Others honored at Tuesday’s luncheon at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church were:
• Paul Cardin, George Lewis award.
• Francis Tuttle Technology Center, employer of the year.
• Lt. Frank Barnes, Oklahoma City police emergency manager, public personnel employee of the year.
• KWTV anchors Kelly Ogle and Amanda Taylor, media public affairs award.
• Children’s Center Media Committee, media public service award.
• Jan Hatch, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
• Harrison Walker, EMSA paramedic.
• Scott Sabolich, Scott Sabolich Prosthetics, Don Davis award.
• Larry Hopper, Metro Transit, Mayor’s Committee member of the year.
Learn more at The Oklahoman wrote about Titus, Tobias and their family getting a new, secure home at Thanksgiving in 2010.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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