Newly Donated Wheelchair for Harry Walpole
BUFFALO, NY-- We have a great update to the story we brought you Thursday about a Buffalo man who needed help with a broken brake on his wheelchair.
Harry Walpole now has a newly donated wheelchair courtesy of a generous Channel 2 viewer who wished to remain anonymous.
That gentleman dropped it off Friday afternoon at Harry's apartment.
Harry is on disability and lost a leg to illness several years ago. His other leg is weakened. Harry told us he needed the chair to remain steady in a locked position so he can transfer himself to and from his bed and the bathroom. He says he had fallen several times recently and that he was getting no help from insurance companies or other agencies.
So he turned to 2 On Your Side and actually contacted us via Facebook.
Many people contacted us after the story aired yesterday. That includes the family of little Natalie Rivera. She is the little girl we told you about three years ago. Her family's request for Medicaid to cover a motorized wheelchair for Natalie was denied. A Channel 2 viewer stepped in to get that motorized wheelchair so Natalie could keep up with her classmates in school. She wanted to "pay it forward" by donating her "back-up wheelchair" to Harry.
So now Harry Walpole is ready to roll. As he puts it, "I think the people of Western New York are the most generous people. My God...you know they responded and they helped somebody that needs help...if it weren't for you guys I'd be stuck."