LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - An employee at Sam's Club in Lafayette is getting into the holiday spirit in a unique way. You can find Terry Tatman near the self-checkout aisles, ready to help customers. He said he's worked there for about a year.
He's had to use a wheelchair since he was diagnosed with a form of multiple sclerosis in 2015. He's decorated his wheelchair to look like a sleigh, and he has a stuffed john Deere reindeer that he believes dates back to the 1970's. He said some customers take the time to tell him how much they like his costume.
He said he was inspired by a Santa shirt he found at Walmart.
"My son and wife and I, we just made it out of some cheap paneling we had laying around the house and just painted it and installed it," he said, while also wearing a Santa hat on his head.
Tatman said it has taken a long time for him to regain use of his arms and legs, and that he wasn't expected to live longer than six months after his diagnosis. But his illness hasn't held him back. He was recently name employee of the month.
He said he's been told he should consider decorating his chair for every holiday. He said his favorite suggestion was to put Indy Cars on his wheels for Memorial Day in honor of the Indianapolis 500.