Offers of help for man whose wheelchair was stolen

March 31, 2012 12:49:32 PM PDT
A Brooklyn man with cerebral palsy whose motorized wheelchair was stolen is now overwhelmed by offers of help from the public. Bryan Daly has received an outpouring of offers for free wheelchairs, and donations towards a new one.

He is now thinking about establishing a foundation to collect, restore, and donate wheelchairs for those in need.

The crime happened while Bryan was attending church in Brooklyn.

He traditionally uses the electric wheelchair to get the five blocks to church, parks it outside the church door and switches to a manual wheelchair stored at the church.

While Bryan was inside the St. James Lutheran Church on Gerritsen Avenue in the Gerritsen Beach area last night, someone made off with his electric wheelchair.

Without it, he will lose much of his mobility in the neighborhood. Bryan basically cannot leave his house without assistance while in the manual wheelchair.

Bryan's friends had to come pick him up just to get him home Thursday night. They searched the streets and in the high brush on Gerritsen Beach to see if someone had already tossed it away, but never did find it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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