Boy Receives Fresh Start With New Wheelchairs

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CLEVELAND – Stephen Gibson is getting a fresh start thanks to some very giving people in the community.

Someone stole the 4th grader’s wheelchair and a bunch of food from the garage at his house last month.

“He just couldn’t understand why they would take his wheelchair,” said his mom Barbara Gibson. “The other stuff, people do that, but he could just not understand why my chair.”

Stephen has scoliosis and cerebral palsy. His mother said the situation took a toll on him both mentally and physically; he developed back pains after he started using a wheelchair loaned to him by his elementary school.

“It’s been rough for him because he really depends on the chair a lot,” said Barbara.

Invacare, a company who specializes in building wheelchairs, and Miller’s Rental and Sales got word of what happened decided to step up and help.

“We actually read in the paper that Stephen enjoyed basketball, so the reason we donated the two chairs is we just saw that he liked basketball and we also happened to make basketball and sports chairs,” said Sarah Brown, with Invacare.

“We wanted to make sure he was getting taken care of because any opportunity for us to help someone out in this realm is very important to us,” said Chuck Lewis with Miller’s.

Stephen was pretty shy during his interview with FOX 8, but said he is extremely happy.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said.

His old wheelchair was eventually turned in to police after it was stolen, but it was in pretty bad shape. Whoever took it still hasn’t been caught.

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