COLUMBUS, Ga. – One family is giving back to hundreds of kids after losing a son and a brother. The Thiele family lost 18-year-old Martin last April to a malignant tumor that spread to his lungs (rhabdomyosarcoma). Martin’s family, along with Scott’s Miracle Riders, spread the love to the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus.
In honor of Martin’s love for video games, the Thiele’s donated an Xbox 360 so that hundreds of kids could continue Martin’s legacy.
“My brother Martin always liked to give back and stuff,” Mason, Martin’s twin brother said. “I just figured since I had an Xbox sitting at home that I was probably wasn’t going to play that much anymore, I figured I’d give it back to someone that would. And for the kids, it’s to make them happy, to spread the gift of giving.”
Mason says he and his brother were particularly competitive when it came to Call of Duty and Madden. He says whether it was dull or sickly day, his brother, Martin, always had a smile on his face.
The Miracle Riders inducted Martin as an honorary Miracle Rider in 2015.