Reporting Gordy Leach
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Yesterday we told you about 7-year-old Moira Stomberg from Minneapolis. Someone stole her wheelchair from her family’s north Minneapolis driveway on Sunday.
Stomberg has a mild form of cerebral palsy, which is why she needs the wheelchair. Now she’ll be getting a brand new wheelchair because of a WCCO-TV viewer.
Stomberg came to the offices of Residential Mortgage Wednesday afternoon. She was using a temporary wheelchair form the Courage Center. She came to meet Steve Sherwood, who will be paying for Stomberg’s new chair.
Stomberg said his company can do whatever it takes to give her the perfect chair.
“Our company, Residential Mortgage Group, gives about $250,000 a year to different charities so we decided in addition to that my wife and I would participate in this. It’s the right thing to do,” Sherwood said.
Her chair disappeared from the family driveway over the weekend. Her parents put a sign on the garage door asking that it be returned. She has mild cerebral palsy, and uses a wheelchair when she is out in the community.
“Overwhelmed. That’s the only word I can think of is overwhelmed. We’re so grateful,” said Moira’s mother.
“It’s truly a wonderful thing and I’m so excited for Moira and her new wheelchair,” said her father.
The new wheels also mean Moira gets to go to one of her favorite places, the Science Museum of Minnesota. She’ll get to go there more often because the Stombergs now have a complimentary membership.
“We were really touched by her story and her enthusiasm for the museum and we wanted to be part of the community of support that is surrounding her,” said Sarah Imholte with the Science Museum of Minnesota.
“I love it,” Moira said.
She will have to be measured for her new wheelchair at Gillette Children’s Hospital, and that may happen this week. Sherwood has promised to pay all the costs for the new chair, up to $5,000.