Three-year-old Dominic Orr hasn’t exactly had an easy life.
The boy was diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome at birth, a rare genetic condition that left him unable to speak or properly use his muscles. As a result, his single mom Stephanie (she did not give her last name) was forced to quit her job and dedicate all of her time to her son.
“I’m his physiotherapist, I’m his doctor, I’m his mom, I’m his companion, I’m his speech therapist,” she said.
One of the things that does manage to get Dominic excited is large moving vehicles, particularly buses. He likes them so much, that the mother/son pair have gotten into the habit of going vehicle viewing in Victoria as a regular daily activity to keep the boy’s spirits up. Eventually, after hanging out at bus stops over and over, Dominic caught the eye of B.C. transit officials.
“We love children who think buses are just the bomb,” said BC Transit spokesperson Tania Bonfield. “I think their story just touched so many here at [BC] Transit, so the entire organization reached out to us and said we needed to do something for this family.”
And do something they did.
Over the weekend–just in time for Dominic’s birthday–transit staff decked him out in official bus driver gear and took him to the B.C. Transit Headquarters. There, Dominic got to honk the horn, go through a car wash and even sit on the bus driver’s lap.
We don’t think we can properly express the amount of joy on Dominic’s face in words alone during these moments, but you can certainly see it yourself in the video above.