Yesterday while watching the news I was just shocked to hear that a young Toronto man had his wheelchair stolen while visiting a friend. I was even more shocked when they announced the name Raymond Dell’Aera, the son of my co-worker.
On Saturday September 22, 2012 Raymond was visiting a friend, his wheelchair which weighs over 200 pounds was parked outside on private property. His wheelchair was stolen off private property near Keele and Finch in Toronto, Ontario. Although Raymond was born with muscular dystrophy he is an independent young man that relies on his wheelchair to have the ability to be mobile.
The motorized wheelchair has a value of $15,000 and was paid for with the assistance of O.H.I.P and is custom built to suit Raymond. Sadly Raymond does not have insurance on the wheelchair and is uncertain that O.H.I.P may even pay to replace it.
Raymond relies on his wheelchair to allow him to continue to be independent. I am sadden that someone would even think to take things young man’s wheel chair. Perhaps it was a mistaken or just some young kids not understanding how important the wheelchair could be to someone. Whatever the reason, the only thing that matters is that we reunite Raymond and his wheelchair so he can be mobile again.
If you or anyone you know has any information regarding Raymond’s wheelchair please contact Toronto Police (416) 808-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-8000-222-TIPS.