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Watch: Simone Biles surprises Suni Lee's dad with new wheelchair

The touching moment was captured by the "TODAY show."
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Simone Biles went above and beyond to give a helping hand to the father of fellow Olympian Suni Lee, arranging for the Minnesotan's paralyzed father to receive a brand new, electric wheelchair.

Lee's father, Houa John Lee, has been one of her most dedicated supporters, having built her a balance beam in the backyard when she was a kid and providing motivating pep talks ahead of competitions. But in 2019 he fell off a ladder while helping a friend trim a tree, resulting in numerous injuries — including paralysis from the chest down.

Since then, Houa John Lee has been using a manual wheelchair.

That changed recently, when Biles and NBC's TODAY Show surprised Houa John Lee with a customized motorized wheelchair.

"I love your daughter Suni so much and I know how much she loves you," Biles said to him in a video message. "You have done so much for her so I reached out to my friends at the TODAY Show to see if we could do something special for you."

You can watch the moment, which aired Wednesday on TODAY, below:

Suni Lee won three Olympic medals during the postponed 2020 Olympics this summer, including gold in the individual all-around. She is the first Hmong American gymnast to qualify for the Olympics and the first Asian American woman to win gold in that event.

Shortly after her Olympic stint, Suni Lee reunited with her family, including her dad, on live TV, which you can watch here. Lee is now a freshman at Auburn University, and will compete on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars

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