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News Channel 8 viewer donates motorized wheelchair to hit-and-run victim

DUNEDIN, Fla. (WFLA) - This week, 38-year old Jason Ray has experienced a rollercoaster of emotions.

A week ago Saturday morning, a hit-and-run driver struck him as he rode his wheelchair in Davenport.

He had just seen some friends at the Moose Lodge and was headed home.  

He survived with some bruises and broken bones, but his wheelchair was destroyed.

On Thursday, he learned a Dunedin woman saw the story on News Channel 8, spotted a similar motorized wheelchair at a thrift shop and wanted to give it to him

Ray checked out the pictures and figured, it would work.  He was overwhelmed with gratitude and never dreamed he would be back out of his bed this quickly.

"It's the difference between me living and not living a life," said Ray. "It really is that important."

LJ Wood is the one behind the donation. She was touched by Jason's situation for some personal reasons.  

"My dad was in an accident and became a quadriplegic and without an electric wheelchair, he would've been bed-bound," said Wood, who felt compelled to do something.  

"I just feel very grateful that here was a guy that needed something, you realized need for the story, you made the story and that started the ball rolling. Here's a guy, Jason, that needed a wheelchair, I just happened to be one of the pieces in the puzzle of life."

Ray is scheduled to meet Wood at the Florida Sheriff's Association Youth Ranch Thrift Store at 2 p.m. on Saturday where he will get his "new" used chair.  

"Grateful. Very grateful. I mean, I just can't thank people enough," said Ray.  

"It reassures your faith in humanity and the good that's in people."

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