Gym Manager Buys Member With Down Syndrome Pair Of Sneakers

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A gym manager proved he knows how to treat his clients really well when he was caught on camera presenting a client with Down’s syndrome- a fresh pair of trainers.

CJ, 22, who has Down’s Syndrome, entered the gym in Rhode Island, with his carer Lisa Simpson and it was not long before they realised he was wearing the wrong shoes.

They were not sure whether CJ would have his gym routine that day but as CJ likes working out at the gym, Lisa and the gym staff knew that changing that would be upsetting for him.

But, Daniel Cote, the manager of the gym, knew what was going on and went to the store and picked up a pair of trainers when CJ and Lisa weren’t looking.

His act of kindness was extremely touching for CJ and Lisa and she even posted the video of the moment on Facebook and explained that it was more significant for her as she was having a bad day.

She said: ‘I have a story that I would like to share with you all. I know you will appreciate it and hold it dear in your heart, as I have. Last Monday, I picked up CJ and drove to Planet Fitness. I had not noticed, however, that CJ did not have his sneakers until we were inside at the front desk. I put my head in my hands and said “Now what am I going to do?” I had just driven from Burrillville to Woonsocket so we could work out. The manager made some suggestions and we went on our way to try a light workout. After a couple of minutes, a staff member came over and asked me CJ’s shoe size. I knew if they checked lost and found they would not find his size because he has small feet for a man, so we went about our workout. A couple of minutes later, Daniel Cote, the Club Manager, came walking over with a brand new pair of sneakers that he had run out and bought a couple of stores down at Olympia Sports.’

She goes on to appreciate Dan and says that she was totally in awe of him, as she was having a bad day that particular day, and had left the house without her pocketbook and did not have money enough to buy CJ a pair of sneakers and didn’t have enough gas to go back to Burrillville for his sneakers and then back to Woonsocket.

She ends by saying, ‘People like Dan restore my faith in mankind and he is the reason I will drive a little farther to the Planet Fitness. ‘CJ and I are so appreciative of every smile and fist bump and we are his biggest fans. This world is a better place with Dan in it and I wanted you to know.’

We totally agree with you Lisa, we need more people like Dan around in our world.

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