Official Donation Page – Raymod Dell’Aera

Hello Torontonians and supporters from other countries. Since yesterday Raymond has received tremendous support, we have had people reaching out to us offering helping hands, asking if there is any way they can help. We are working diligently to put together an official donation page for Raymond to ensure that the funds make it to him directly. Once we have the donation page set up, which will be hosted on this site, we’ll need your help and generosity to spread word in raising funds.

Raymond was extremely busy yesterday with the media and we are so grateful for everyone that has opened their hearts to Raymond in hopes to find his stolen wheelchair. We still haven’t heard any information about the safe return of his wheelchair. If anyone has information about the wheelchair we would be so grateful, it is not our concern who stole it or even why they took it, perhaps it was someone that couldn’t understand how important the chair is to Raymond. 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.

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Find Raymond’s Wheels – Facebook Cover Photo

There’s been a really great show of support, people have been getting in touch asking if there is anything else they can do to help Raymond get his wheels back.

I hope to have more details for everyone by tomorrow, until then let’s keep the word strong by spreading the word to as many people as we can. Proud supporters of Raymond can use this facebook cover photo to keep the word strong about the return of Raymond’s wheelchair. Please also link back to this website www.helpraymond.wordpress.com

Instructions to save the image:
1) Place your cursor over the image
2) Click on Save As
3) Upload to Facebook as cover photo

Use this facebook cover photo to keep the word strong about the return of Raymond’s wheelchair. Please also link back to this website.

CP24 News Coverage on #HelpRaymond

When Raymond Dell’Aera parked his wheelchair outside a friend’s home on Saywell Drive near Keele Street and Finch Avenue Saturday afternoon, he didn’t imagine it wasn’t safe.

But when he emerged from the home and looked for the chair in the private alleyway where he had parked it, it was gone and he was shocked.

Since birth, the 25-year-old has suffered from muscular dystrophy, a disease that makes it difficult for him to walk. He calls his wheelchair ‘his legs.’ He describes the vehicle as his lifeline and says he depends on it for socializing, pursuing job opportunities and general mobility. And he’s now trying desperately to get it back.

“Without my chair I feel stranded because I can’t really leave my house unless my parents drive me. And they work, so they’re busy,” Dell’Aera told CP24’s Cristina Tenaglia at his home. “Without my chair I can’t really do anything a normal 25-year-old would do… because I can’t leave my house.”

Since yesterday he and his family have created posters of the chair and posted them around the neighbourhood where it went missing. According to 31 Division an officer has been assigned to the case and will be investigating.

Specially designed for Dell’Aera, the motorized wheelchair has a value of about $15,000 and was paid for with assistance from OHIP. Dell’Aera didn’t have insurance for the chair and he’s not yet sure whether the government will help him get a new one if he doesn’t find it.

Photo & Article Courtesy of: CP24 News
Joshua Freeman, cp24.com
Published Sunday, Sep. 23, 2012 10:55PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, Sep. 23, 2012 11:37PM EDT

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.