Around Ohio: Two wheelchairs given after theft


Cleveland -- Christmas came early, and twice over, for a 9-year-old Ohio boy whose wheelchair was stolen from the family garage last month.

A wheelchair for everyday use and one specifically for wheelchair basketball were presented to Stephen Gibson of Cleveland on Dec. 20.

They were given by health-care product companies Invacare and Miller's Rental and Sales.

Stephen, a fourth-grader with cerebral palsy and scoliosis, quickly said "yeah" when asked if he was happy with the gifts.

Elyria-based Invacare's product manager Sarah Brown reached out to the Northeast Ohio Media Group after reading a story about the boy's ordeal.

In addition, Aimee Guzowski established Stephen's Motorized Wheelchair Fund.

Guzowski said every dollar donated will help the family pay for necessary updates to their home when Stephen is upgraded to a motorized wheelchair in a few months, due to his worsening scoliosis.

-- Associated Press

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