An Allen man who has endured 22 surgeries in his lifetime is now giving back to one of the hospital that helped him along the way. And for that the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are giving him something special.
John Boutell is a familiar face at Children's Medical Center at Legacy in Plano. The 34-year-old volunteers at the hospital, giving directions and escorting patients to surgery.
"He is always in a good mood, which is nice because a lot of the patients here are scared. He always comes in with a smile on his face and a story, which is always nice because he can be that other person who can calm them down," said Lori Sands, a Children's sports medicine nurse.
Boutell was once a patient at Children's. He was born with spina bifida and had 22 surgeries, his first within an hour of his birth.
As a child, he tried out crutches. But for most of his life he has used a wheelchair to get around.
He said he decided to volunteer at Children's to give back.
"I love helping people and I am a personable person," he said.
Boutell said it's all about attitude. He finds inspiration in country music and he loves to talk about it.
"He has always got a story about country music. Always got a story about how much he loves his idol, which is George Strait," Sands said.
Boutrell recently tried to get a handicapped seat for George Strait's big concert this summer at AT&T Stadium.
"Finally got through to hear they were completely sold out, which was very disappointing to me," he said.
Even though the concert is now sold out, Boutell's parents were able to find him a ticket. But it's not a handicapped seat and they could only afford one.
They were concerned about him being able to get to his seat and going to the concert alone.
"My dad will probably take me up to the stadium long before the concert starts," Boutell said. "I am even willing to sit on the floor if I have to."
Luckily, he won't have to.
Someone from the Dallas Cowboys heard about the situation. The cheerleaders surprised Boutell with upgraded tickets on FOX 4's Good Day Tuesday morning.
"Thank y'all," he said, starting to tear up.
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