Six Years After Car Accident, Man Gets Dream Bathtub

Tony Cato was told he'd never walk again, but that's not the case.

He gets to walk and help his mom around the house. This may not sound that exciting, but this is happening after Cato was hit by a drunk driver in 2007. He thought he’d be a quadriplegic for the rest of his life.

"You want your sense of independence and free spirit back because when you're told you're never going to do something again, I think it's the ultimate goal for anyone to try to get to that point."

He can do these things, but still suffers from partial paralysis on his right side. For Cato though, a former basketball star for UNL, things still aren’t quite the same.

Friends can’t miss his bright spirit, but see his yearnings for simple luxuries. "Just in conversation one day, I asked him if you could have some things what would they be?" said friend Jennifer Galloway. "He told me he would love just to be able to take a bath."

With Cato’s condition, he hasn’t gotten to take a hot bath since the accident. Galloway wrote to several companies asking for a donation. Thursday, Safe-Step Walkin-In Tub Co. delivered a tub just for Cato. He couldn’t believe it.

"Letting your troubles soak away into the wild blue yonder, even if it's just for 30 minutes, but it's 30 minutes of peace and bliss you otherwise miss when you otherwise feel like you're being hosed down and thrown soap and water on," said Cato, who is one step closer to getting his life back, but said he’s far from finished.

As he improves, he wants to continue making a positive difference in the world around him. Thursday’s donation from Safe-Step Walk-In Tub Co. was the first of many it plans to make to those in need.

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