Cedar Rapids woman who had wheelchair stolen given new chair

Published: Mar. 8, 2019 at 3:22 PM CST
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A deaf and disabled Cedar Rapids woman who had her wheelchair stolen has a wheelchair once again.

It is all thanks to business owner Nick Gerxhaliu. Nick, who owns a local auto shop, said he was moved when he saw Cynthia Helms' story on the KCRG-TV9 News at 10 on Thursday. He felt compelled to connect with her family so he could buy her a new chair. And in the end, he did just that.

"This is something I had to do to help out because I know what it is like being in need of something and not having it. Especially being taken away," said Gerxhaliu.

Through an interpreter, Cynthia said she could not be more touched by the gesture and says she looks forward to a life long friendship with Nick. "I'm so so thankful and so happy," said Hemls. "I'm relieved somebody helped me."

The two men who stole the chair were caught on a security camera. Anyone with information about who they are is encouraged to call Cedar Rapids police.