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Morristown teen and dad receives gift of new van, hope for special delivery

A Morristown teen who has spread so much joy in his community is finally getting paid back.
Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 10:54 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2020 at 10:37 PM EST
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MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Morristown teen who has spread so much joy in his community is finally getting paid back.

Jake Stitt diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was two-years-old, but the illness doesn’t dampen his spirit.

But there is one problem happy can’t fix, traveling is tough for Jake and his ex-military dad, Tim Stitt. The heavy lifting to get Jake in and out of their van causes Tim to lose function in his hands.

“I’m just worried about dropping him. So, I’m going to have to have surgery or a procedure done to fix that," said Tim.

Word of the family’s dire need for a new van was reached from East Tennessee to Morristown actor Michael Abbott, Jr. in New York City.

Jake and his dad received the gift of a new van Monday and Abbott Jr. congratulated the family.

“Congratulations, you did it! Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Thank you all. You made a big difference in someone’s life this week. That should feel good. Happy Thanksgiving,” said Abbott Jr.

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