Wheelchair-bound boy in Waterbury gets new ramp from the city

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Waterbury mom was shocked Monday morning when she discovered something missing — her son’s wheelchair ramp.

Marissa Benjamin said Anthony’s ramp was stolen from their house right before the first day of school. 

“It’s really heartbreaking,” said Benjamin, Anthony’s mother, “a lot of people know my son is in a wheelchair, they see the struggle and everything.”

Related: Ramp stolen from wheelchair-bound boy in Waterbury

In the past 24 hours, the story has taken a turn for the better. 

“You know that there’s gotta be good people in the world, but you wake up and get all these calls and people who don’t know anything about you at all just being so caring and compassionate and wanna help out and it’s awesome.”

– Marissa Benjamin

Since their story aired on News 8, the Benjamin family has received an outpouring of support from the Waterbury community and beyond. This newsroom has received countless calls, emails, and social media from viewers who just want to help the family replace what was taken. 

Waterbury Mayor O’Leary’s office contacted News 8 Tuesday with confirmation that the city will be providing a new ramp for the Benjamin family:

“Mayor O’Leary heard about the Benjamin Family, and the theft of Anthony’s wheelchair ramp. He instructed city staff to construct a new ramp and affix it to the side of their home so that it won’t be stolen again. Here in Waterbury we take care of each other, and building a new ramp for the Benjamin Family was the right thing to do to. “

– Mack Demac, Chief of Staff, The office of Mayor Niel M. O’Leary

“The Mayor’s office actually sent over carpenters and they’re going to build a permanent ramp attached to the house,” Benjamin said.

Anthony has muscular dystrophy and requires a wheelchair — and that ramp to get in and out of his home. 

Benjamin said in the meantime, a neighbor brought over another ramp. She said she’s overwhelmed by the support she’s seen from her community. 

“When you see everybody come together,” Benjamin said while holding back tears, “it’s just good to see that people in Waterbury really do care.”

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