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Zappos pays for custom wheelchair to replace stolen one

Posted at 11:25 PM, Dec 06, 2017

13 Action News has an update to a story we've been following since the spring. Zappos donated a custom made wheelchair to a girl in need after hers was stolen.

Joanna Rosanna was in the middle of moving to a new house back in March. During the middle of the night, her SUV was stolen. Inside the SUV was her daughter's custom wheelchair and two car seats.

Following our original story, many of you were touched and stepped in to help. Some of you donated money, wheelchairs, and car seats.

Zappos immediately saw the story and knew they wanted to do something.

"We were devestated to hear about something so tragic in this community, especially for someone that needed it so badly so we wanted to spring into action and help any way that we could," said Kelly Teemer with Zappos.

The custom wheelchair fits 10-year-old Joleena perfectly. It has a hot pink touch to it and a harness to keep Joleena safe.

"It comes apart a lot easier than the other one," said Joleena's mother Joanna Rosanna. "It's lighter. She has a lot more room in it."

The family is excited and thankful to have a new car, new wheelchair, and carseats again.

"Thank you very much," she said. "We appreciate it. We don't know what we would have done without your guys's help (Zappos)."