36-year-old Alabama man whose first-time beach visit sparked viral video speaks out


(WIAT) – After a video of a Birmingham area man’s first ever beach visit went viral, CBS 42 spoke to him to hear about his trip. 

The viral video we first showed you Tuesday reached thousands of people on Facebook. 

Bessemer native David Thomas is home safe from his trip and is speaking out

“I feel blessed,” Thomas said. “I know there’s a million people in the world in my predicament and they don’t get to do things like that. So I was just excited.” 

Thomas was born with cerebral palsy and has been in a wheelchair his whole life. The trip was the first time he had left Jefferson County in 20 years.

The story was picked up by national news publications and TV stations across the country. 

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