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Graduating Senior gets New Wheelchair from Classmates

By Amy Crowman

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — Tuesday was graduation day for the special needs students at Lincolnton High School, including one special teen with cerebral palsy.

Teachers had a special gift for the teen after reaching out to the school and community and raising money.

Among the special ed seniors who received their diploma was Oscar Martinez.

“He is one of the greatest kids you will ever meet. He’s always happy, ” said teacher Tiffany Marquez.

Oscar has cerebral palsy and needs his wheelchair to get around. His current wheelchair is old and breaking down, which inspired Marquez to raise money for a new one.

“It’s hard for him to move his arms and legs. He controls his wheelchair with his knees and it takes a tremendous amount of effort and focus to control his chair,” said Marquez.

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