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Wheelchair Stolen from Man with Cerebral Palsy

 
Pit Viper
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Wheelchair Stolen from Man with Cerebral Palsy
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May 24, 2007 - A 21-year-old Trenton man is having trouble doing everyday tasks. And it's all because some heartless thieves stole his wheelchair.


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After being born with cerebral palsy, Rafael Garcia has had lots of challenges in his life. He's an independent young man who used his motorized wheelchair to get around. But now thieves have taken away his independence by stealing that chair from right out in front of his house.

"I don't understand, I'm a nice person so I don't understand who would take a chair," said Garcia.

Rafael woke up Tuesday morning to find that someone had stolen the 400-pound motorized chair he parked in front of his Chestnut Avenue home. It was a blow to the young man, who's the senior class president at Mercer Junior/Senior School, since he relied on it so heavily. Garcia told us he, "Depended on the chair. I went to the movies I went to the mall."

He's been using an old push wheelchair without a motor, but that presents a problem. Occupational therapist Barbara Fox says, "He has weakness in his arms so he can't push the chair with enough strength to get around. So he needs somebody to move him everywhere he goes now."

Rafael says he didn't have the wheelchair chained or locked to the porch, still you have to wonder why anyone would do this.

"I think that it's teenagers that just think its funny, they don't realize if it's a wheelchair it's somebody's mode of transportation. They need to live," said neighbor Andrea Sirak.

Rafael is due to graduate in 2 weeks and needs his chair for college. He has a message for the thieves who brazenly stole his motorized chair: "If you have it I don't care if you show your face. Just bring it back, that's all I want."

Since first airing the story during the Oprah show, Daryl Johnson from Swedesboro has come forward to offer Rafael a wheelchair until his is found or replaced.
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Theft Victim Gets New Wheelchair By Nora Muchanic
TRENTON, N.J. - May 29, 2007 - It's always a big day when anyone gets a new set of wheels, but nothing compared to what this day was like for a young man in Trenton.


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"People do care. It's not a harsh life," said Rafael Garcia.
The donated motorized wheelchair that will give back mobility to Rafael arrived at the Mercer Junior-Senior High School in Hamilton Township Tuesday afternoon.

It was donated by a family in Chalfonte, Bucks County after seeing our story last week about thieves stealing Rafael's electric wheelchair from in front of his Trenton home.

"It was very sad to think someone would steal somebody's wheelchair. Very heart-wrenching. I thought I could help him out with the chair that we have," said Jennifer Seidman, who donated the wheelchair.

Rafael, who suffers from cerebral palsy, tried out the new chair and was happy to be back in the driver's seat again. He just needs to get the new chair charged.

Since his old wheelchair was stolen, he has had to rely on people pushing him everywhere because he doesn't have the upper body strength to propel himself.

"He wants to be independent. He deserves to be independent and the power chair will bring him back his independence," said teacher Leslie Brady.

School officials say at least a dozen people offered to donate a motorized wheelchair to Rafael.

"We had a huge outpouring from the community of people wanting to help. Then we had to sort through every one trying to help and figure out who really had the equipment that would fit Rafael," said physical therapist Greg O'Brien.

"Whoever took it, what they did made me so sad. To know there are some nice people out there who can help us with Rafael, I'm really thrilled," said principal Jean Radimer.

And so is the young man who very much wants the mobility the electric wheelchair gives him.

Police are still looking for whoever stole his wheelchair.
Scor~Pios -AKA- Pit Viper

'When the people fear their government, there is tyranny;
When the government fears the people, there is liberty.'
Thomas Jefferson

Never underestimate the stupidity of the American people.

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." - Samuel Adams
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Bad karma for whoever did it.
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Police are still looking for whoever stole his wheelchair.
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Who or Why the fuck would you steel a wheelchair. Burn in hell asshole! Anyone who would steel a wheelchair deserves to be in one for the rest of their miserable life.
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'When the people fear their government, there is tyranny;
When the government fears the people, there is liberty.'
Thomas Jefferson

Never underestimate the stupidity of the American people.

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." - Samuel Adams

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