LINCOLNTON, NC (WBTV) - Oscar Martinez is in the special education program at Lincolnton High School.
Oscar has Cerebral Palsy, which means he doesn't have much use of his arms and legs. He's also technically classified as non-verbal, but with his smile, he speaks volumes.
The motorized wheelchair he's been in since it was donated to him in 2008 is starting to fall apart. The paddles Oscar pushes with his knees are held on to the chair with bits of duct tape. It won't be long before his only means of freedom and independence just doesn't work at all.
That's why students and teachers at Lincolnton High School have organized a huge fundraising effort using the website GoFundMe. But, they're nowhere near their goal of $35,000 that would go towards buying Oscar a new chair.
Since our story on Oscar first aired Tuesday, his wheelchair fund has risen by $4000. Oscar made a thank-you video to show his gratitude for the generous donations.