A Las Vegas man taking a truck for a test drive was shocked to find upon his return that his wheelchair had been stolen.
Aaron Fotheringham uses his wheelchair, nicknamed Slammy, not just to get around, but to do what he loves: wheelchair motocross.
Fotheringham, who was born with spina bifida, has been riding at skate parks since age 8. The 22-year-old has toured with the Nitro Circus, performing the double-back flip he’s become known for.
Fotheringham is no stranger to overcoming challenges, but the loss of Slammy was particularly painful. He talked about Tuesday’s theft in a Facebook post.
“Someone just stole my wheelchair,” he said. “Went to test drive a new truck left my wheelchair on the sidewalk with my keys on it. Came back two minutes later and my wheelchair and truck keys gone.. Please if you see slammy get her back to me this isn’t even a joke. I’m so distraught.”
Supporters of Fotheringham are using the hashtag #FindSlammy to spread the word about the theft on social media, and Las Vegas police have even jumped on board, posting about the theft on their Facebook page.
“A few months back a couple of our officers met Aaron at a local Starbucks and shared some cool stories,” the post said. “Now we’re reaching out to our friends on a more serious note. Someone stole Aaron’s wheelchair. Not just a wheelchair he uses to get around in, but one that he uses to do the sporting activities he loves.”
The post had been shared more than 300 times within an hour of being posted.
Fotheringham hasn’t given up hope that he’ll find the wheelchair, and is grateful for support from the community.
“I can’t thank you all enough for your efforts to #findslammy … As bummed as I am about it, it warms my heart to have so much support from so many great people… Thank you all,” he said.
If you have information, you can contact Fotheringham via his Facebook page.
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