3 residents with spina bifida receive motorized wheelchair

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Three residents with spina bifida including an 11-year-old will have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

They received a motorized wheelchair thanks to a local non-profit organization.

Tuesday, Wheels 4 Bakersfield gave away powered wheelchairs to three locals who suffer from spina bifida.

Spina bifida is a rare birth defect affecting the spinal column, creating a walking impairment.

Among those affected, Jose Hernandez, 31, Alexandria Ramirez, 25, Jolaine Roberson,11, of Bakersfield.

The non-profit held a special event at the Moose Lodge to present them with the gift that will help make their lives a little easier.

“I've been in a wheelchair all my life and I wanted this wheelchair, so I won’t have to use my hands, to roll my wheels.  I could go around faster to get to class and things and I could play with my friends and family, said Roberson.

Hernandez added, “It’s going to make it easier to go to dr.'s appointments.  I was using crutches, a walker, sometimes a rental chair that I would have to sometimes I would get tired.”

Wheels 4 Bakersfield says it's all possible takes donated wheelchairs from the community.

The organization refurbishes them and then gives them away to residents in need.

To top off the great deed, the Moose Lodge presented the organization with a $500 check.

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