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American Furniture Warehouse, viewers support veteran with rare illness

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. -- A Wheat Ridge Army veteran battling a rare illness finds comfort thanks to FOX31 viewers and American Furniture Warehouse.

Randall Wheeler endures constant dizziness and struggles to walk due to a rare neurological disorder.

“I would rather be hit by a truck than to have this,” he said.

Wheeler can’t even sit comfortably on his couch because it makes his dizziness even worse.

His wife Rocio contacted the FOX31 Problem Solvers for help.

After seeing the story, American Furniture Warehouse provided Wheeler with a gift card to shop for furniture that would make a difference in his every day life.

Wheeler's first choice was an electronic recliner. He’ll never have to stand up on his own again, or worry about falling.

"That's really amazing that somebody would even consider doing that," he said.

Viewers also responded to the story, offering everything from free physical therapy to special equipment and even a wheelchair ramp.

On top of that, viewers contributed to a GoFundMe page, raising enough money to fly Wheeler's mother-in-law to Denver from Peru so his wife can go back to work.

Rocio Wheeler must receive a paycheck to cover the mounting medical bills, but Randall Wheeler can’t be left alone.

Rocio Wheeler said she is overwhelmed by the kindness shown by American Furniture Warehouse and the community.

“I'm grateful for every single thing that FOX31 and the Problem Solvers have (done) to help us.”

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