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West Side teen celebrates arrival of motorized wheelchair

Photo provided by Jolene Baller

A West Side teen is celebrated a triumph Friday.  He received a much needed motorized wheelchair after he was denied by Medicaid twice. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation delivered a brand new wheelchair to 19-year-old Joseph Swarthout at the Cantalician Center in Buffalo.

Swarthout has cerebral palsy.   His mother, Jolene Baller, said  Medicaid denied to pay for her son's wheelchair because he didn't not appear able to run it by himself.

"Joseph was in it today.  I couldn't believe how he was going up and down the halls of Cantalician. He just blew me away, and I'm just so very thankful,' said Baller.

But that all changed. Baller said the chair was custom built in Florida for her son by the Gwynn foundation.

Gwynn was a world famous drag car racer who was severely injured in the 1990's in a crash.   Now he is devoted to supporting and providing wheelchairs to individuals facing medical and financial hardships.