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Good Samaritan gets lawn equipment stolen

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Marcos Flores Marcos Flores

A Corpus Christi man known as Senior Cheese Head woke up Tuesday to find someone had stolen just about all of his equipment for his lawn mowing business.

Marcos Flores doesn’t mow lawns for a living though, he does it all for charity.

“I work hard to work really hard. I got a full time job. I come home, and then I jump into another full time job of helping other people out with their lawns so that I can fund charitable events,” Flores said.

Flores is part of an organization called My Team Triumph:Wings of Texas. The organization pairs up runners with handicapped people. The handicapped people are called captains and the people who push the chairs are called angels.

The angels wear red shirts and push their captains in a specially-made wheelchair in area races.

Flores uses the profits from the yard business to pay for all of his running fees and donates money for handicapped fees.

On Tuesday, he noticed  the pad lock was cut off of the trailer where he kept his yard equipment.

According to Flores, a thief left the lawn mower, but stole expensive equipment, leaving him without a way to earn money to help the running charity.

“[They stole] a weed-eater, a power-edger, my hedge-trimmer and then my back-pack-blower,” Flores said.

Michelle Jones founded the organization My Team Triumph: Wings of Texas four years ago when her then 14-year old son Charlie had his 78th brain surgery.

She wanted her son to experience running a race, something he could only feel if someone pushed him across the finish line.

“[I want] to let them hear the roar of the crowd. To just have that experience, and to let them get that medal that we all work so hard to get,” Jones said.

When she heard about Flores' stolen equipment, she was stunned.

“It's heartbreaking, because you're not just hurting that individual, you're hurting so many more people,” Jones said.

Since Flores has joined the organization, he and Jones’ son Charlie have become best friends. It’s a relationship that could only have blossomed through Flores' selfless donation of time and money.

“Marcos is his best friend, and as a parent of a child with disabilities, they don't have many true friends, and to know that he has somebody that he can always count on just means the world to my husband and I,” Jones said.

Everyday, Flores works hard and makes big sacrifices to help others, and today he learned that when you pay it forward, life sometimes pays you back.

Flores put his dilemma on Facebook, but didn’t expect what happened next.

Within just a few hours, all of his friends got together, set up a GoFundMe page, and raised enough money to help him purchase the equipment he needs to keep mowing yards and crossing finish lines.

Flores said he hopes whoever stole his stuff hears this story and will be inspired to make a difference if the lives of others.

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