News: Lil Wayne Wheels & Deals Surprise For Fan [Video]
Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010 1:10PM
Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne has gotten into the holiday spirit by treating one lucky fan's mother to an $11,000 motorized wheelchair.
Wayne's purchase represents Weezy's appreciation for a fan's display of continuous support while he served out a one-year jail sentence in Rikers Island earlier this year.
If you're attempting a comeback you can always use some "awww"-worthy moments, and Lil Wayne got one after purchasing a wheelchair for a fan's mom. And not just any wheelchair, but an $11,000 motorized one that allows the formerly housebound woman to get out and about in her community. The rapper purchased the wheelchair after receiving touching letters from the woman's daughter nearly every week while he was in prison. (New York Mag)
According to Wayne's fan, Ronda Austin, the rapper surprised her via telephone call.
She used to share her everyday life with the incarcerated rapper, telling him about her mother Evelyn, who has been confined to her house for almost two years as she couldn't walk. Wayne, who was released in November, surprised his fan with a phone call, inquired about her 64-year-old mother and offered to buy her a new wheelchair. "I couldn't believe it. I never asked for nothing. I just told him all kinds of different things about me. I never even said I needed help," said Austin. (NDTV News)
The fan's mother has also shared her reaction to Wayne's unexpected gesture.
"I pray for him every night thanking him for this chair," Evelyn Austin said. "I love every bit of it. It changed my life." The head of Wayne's charitable foundation said that the rapper was "compelled" to act. "He wanted to buy Mrs. Austin the Maybach of wheelchairs," said Nina Packer. (NBC News)
Additional reporting claims Ronda's mother has been confined to a wheelchair for over a decade.
Evelyn Austin, had been confined to a wheelchair for nearly 15 years after her knees began to fail. Things got worse for the former nurse when she tumbled off a ramp while leaving church. Her wheelchair, already indequate, was further damaged. Without a wheelchair, the elder Austin didn't get out of bed, or her house, for almost two years. (New York Daily News)
Check out Ronda Austin speaking on Lil Wayne down below: