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Business steps in to help man in need of wheelchair

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TUCSON- After a man had his electric wheelchair and oxygen tanks stolen from his home, a local company stepped up to help.

Randel Stender, 48,  said his wheelchair is his “lifeline”.

Christine Takerian, General Manager at Ability Center, decided to help. Ability Center is a provider of mobility equipment.

“I had to take action and do something nice for somebody at the holidays,” said Takerian.

She arranged for the company to give Stender a brand new electric wheelchair.

“It makes me emotional because I can't stand somebody taking advantage of somebody and stealing their freedom.”

Stender and his wife Tyna were emotional when they realized they would be going home with a new chair.

It was fitted and sized specifically for Stender.

“I didn't know how I was going to make ends meet without the chair, and now I am able to go Christmas shopping, food shopping, doctor's offices, go get my medications,” said Stender. “My lifeline is back.”

Ability Center will also give Stender oxygen tank holders for the chair.

Stender said he will keep the chair inside a nearby family member’s home until a ramp can be built at his home.

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