Sixteen-year-old Okeechobee, Fla., resident Levi Lamb loves to fish, enjoys hunting excursions with his family and, according to his mother, “spends virtually every day outdoors.” A member of 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA), Levi raises hogs and steers for show and auction, and dreams of getting a driver’s license after his 17th birthday in December.
Just your typical teenager – except Levi was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down. About the only thing that’s slowing him down is a wheelchair badly in need of repair.
“Levi’s wheelchair has been tightened and adjusted, and tightened and adjusted until it can’t be adjusted anymore,” mom Kelly Clemons said. “He’s so active he just wore it out!”
But on Aug. 14, The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will present Levi with a brand new, custom-fitted camouflage wheelchair to replace his worn-out chair. Following the racing accident that left him paralyzed, Gwynn established the foundation to enhance awareness, prevention and support, and underwrite research to find a cure for paralysis.
Through the ongoing generosity of its supporters, The Darrell Gwynn Foundation Wheelchair Donation Program to date has provided deserving individuals throughout Florida and across the country with nearly $1 million in customized, high-tech wheelchairs. Levi will receive his chair from Darrell Gwynn and the Foundation as part of Bass Pro Shops’ 2010 Fall Hunting Classic (Aug. 6-22) at the Dania Beach store. Bass Pro Shops also is planning a special presentation for Levi in conjunction with the wheelchair donation.
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