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Community support "overwhelming" for paraplegic man who had his wheelchair stolen

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  • Paraplegic man needs help finding stolen wheelchair

    Paraplegic man needs help finding stolen wheelchair

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 11:47 AM EST2014-02-05 16:47:54 GMT
    (02/04/14)-It was his main source of transportation and Thomas Beck can't understand why anyone would steal his wheel chair. Beck is a paraplegic and without it; some of the simplest tasks can be difficult.
    It was his main source of transportation and 33-year-old Thomas Beck can't understand why anyone would steal his wheelchair.
  • Stolen wheelchair returned to paraplegic man

    Stolen wheelchair returned to paraplegic man

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 6:42 PM EST2014-02-05 23:42:34 GMT
    (02/05/14) - The wheelchair that was stolen from a paraplegic man in Genesee Township has been returned. Thomas Beck reported his wheelchair stolen Sunday, while he was leaving home. Police say another
    The wheelchair that was stolen from a paraplegic man in Genesee Township has been returned.
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(02/06/14) - It's an ending even happier than he'd hoped for and right in time for his birthday Friday.

You may have seen Thomas Beck's story, on ABC12, earlier this week. Someone swiped his wheelchair Sunday. He got it back Wednesday.

Beck, a paraplegic, really depends on that wheelchair to get around.

Not only did he get it back, but good Samaritans donated a newer one and offered to build a ramp for his home, too.

"Really all I wanted was just the wheelchair back," Beck said. "My birthday is tomorrow. I'm gonna be 34. I wanted to go out for my birthday."

Beck will be able to celebrate and has reason to because of the many people who answered Pastor Keith O'Neal's call for help.

"Quite frankly, it's just been overwhelming," O'Neal said.

Beck's aunt contacted O'Neal to see if he could help with replacing the stolen wheelchair. Beck crawled through snow Sunday to reach a relative after realizing it was gone.

O'Neal, founder of The Good Samaritan Network in Flint, got the word out using the media.

Turns out, the stolen wheelchair was dumped in a driveway down the road. The man who found it called police after seeing Beck's story.

Genesee Township Police returned the wheelchair Wednesday.

Beck now has his old chair back, a newer one and an offer to build a ramp. Building could begin later this week.

"They went above and beyond what I even expected," he said. "It's awesome."

"At this point, I think the needs are being met, but it's hard to tell good people to stop being good and we have people who want to do more," O'Neal said.

Like two women at his home, Thursday afternoon, who offered to go shopping for things Beck needed.

"I got a call this morning from two of his past school teachers. They wanted to do something nice for him, and I can't tell you what they're doing, but it's for his birthday tomorrow," O'Neal said.

Genesee Township Police continue to investigate who stole Beck's wheelchair and hope to be able to secure some charges.

You can follow Beck's story on O'Neal's website. Click HERE.

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