COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A grandfather's heartbreak is inspiring the invention of a special toy one that the youngest patients at Piedmont Columbus Regional will use to give them a sense of mobility.
Piedmont Columbus is thanking a man named Roger Leggett, the inventor behind the custom-made Radio Flyer Red Wagons which have been donated to the Children's Hospital.
The wagons are outfitted with a pole and bracket that allows the smallest of patients to fit their IV bag and it lets them walk around the halls and in their rooms.
Leggett, who lives in Douglasville, first thought of the idea in 2011, while visiting his 4-year-old granddaughter as she received treatment for a brain tumor.
He saw another parent struggling to pull a wagon along with her child's IV pole.
The six donated wagons are fitted with "Chad" brackets, which is in honor of Leggett's son Chad who tragically died of heat stroke just weeks after helping Roger design the invention.