Jonathan Borge
Jul 20, 2017 @ 11:00 am

Fact: Tracking down a fresh pair of Kanye West's Yeezy Boost 350 V2s sneakers without dropping many hundreds of dollars is virtually impossible. You have to stand in line for hours. Constantly refresh the Adidas website. Download the brand's Confirmed app. And pray for a miracle.

Unless you catch West’s eye.

Sneakerhead Tyler Wesley did just that through social media. The Denver resident has been sharing images and videos of himself recovering from a car accident five years ago that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.

In May, he took to Instagram to celebrate a milestone, embracing his spinal cord injury. “I am not ashamed of being in a wheelchair. I love the spinal cord injury/disability community. I’ve heard all kinds of injuries and life stories from inspiration human beings from across the world,” he wrote, expressing his gratitude toward those closest to him.

My five year anniversary of my spinal cord injury is today. Years ago I thought my life was over knowing that I was going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. But now, I am not ashamed of being in a wheelchair. I love the spinal cord injury/disability community. I've heard all kinds of injuries and life stories from inspirational human beings from across the world. Many of them have taught me to never give up and that it can always be worse so just keep pushing on no matter how bad things may get in life. Going from an athlete to being in a wheelchair since I was 15 years old hasn't shaken my confidence and who I am as a person. I'm still that same person I was mentally, just a lot more knowledgeable, grateful, and have a way more appreciation for life. I don't want people to think that I'm not happy being in my wheelchair and that's the reason I fight so hard to walk again.. it's actually the opposite, I'm happy but I want more in life as anyone else would. I'm incredibly grateful for all the support from my family and friends and also the random kind of acts and motivation I receive on a daily basis to walk again. The most important reason I do what I can do to share my story with thousands of people is to spread awareness of a life changing injury. "The spinal cord injury." As many as 500,000 people across the world suffer a spinal cord injury each year. One day a cure to heal paralysis will come. Until then, I will continue to fight to show the millions living with this injury that we choose to keep going and live life to the fullest.

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West apparently caught wind of Wesley’s recovery process and voila, sent him a present that would make any fan of the rapper and designer scream. Wesley received a pair of cream white Yeezys from West himself. Included? A handwritten note that reads, “Tyler, you are in inspiration. You show the world anything is possible. Thank you for sharing your journey. Kanye West.”


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Naturally, Wesley thanked him on Instagram.

Thank you #KanyeWest & @adidasoriginals for the Custom "Cream White" Yeezy Boost 350 V2 🔥

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Talk about paying it forward.

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