Community reaches out to 2 men who had wheelchairs stolen

Jessica Janner

Community reaches out to 2 men who had wheelchairs stolen

CREATED Oct. 4, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Two roommates suffering from spina bifida are getting an outpouring of support from the community after their wheelchairs were stolen last week.

"It's really overwhelming," says Nathan Peitz. "It's nice to know that there are nice surrounding people that are willing to help out." 

The two wheelchairs were worth thousands, and although they've been recovered, the chairs have been stripped down.

The local Spina Bifida Association contacted Action News on Thursday, willing to help Peitz and his roommate, Sean Thomas, find the resources to repair the old chairs.

The two roommates say it's not the only support they've received.

"The first 24-48 hours we didn't know what we were going to do," comments Thomas. "All of a sudden, calls came and we've been getting help. It's been very much appreciated."

The Spinda Bifida Association is hosting an inaugural Walk-N-Roll fundraiser in Nevada, on November 10 at Floyd Lamp Park. Proceeds benefit local community programs and services for those affected by Spina Bifida. For information call 310-359-9611.

To contact the local Spina Bifida Association click here.