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3.01.2017

The Buoniconti Fund Joins in New Wheelchair Donation to Gun Violence Victim

For the past 10 years, Quentin Spivey has been a single father raising two children from his wheelchair. A decade ago, he became paralyzed after being shot by an assailant at a South Florida gas station. His first wheelchair served him well over the years, but he was in desperate need of an upgrade.

Enter Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, whose office prosecuted Spivey’s attacker, and her friends Marc Buoniconti and Darrell Gwynn from The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.

They worked with Buoniconti Fund and Miami Project to Cure Paralysis supporter Angel Pardo from Doctors Medical Rentals (DMR) Corporation in Miami-Dade, who donated the wheelchair to Spivey.

“When Marc was here a few months ago, we were talking about other partnerships and things we needed to do. He asked how he could help,” said Fernandez Rundle. “We mentioned Quentin, and lo and behold, he gets with Darrell and Angel.”

A Hall of Fame former drag racer who became paralyzed in an accident, Gwynn turned to his friend, Angel, from DMR.

“Darrell called me and said, ‘Do you think you can you get him a chair?’ We measured him, we ordered the chair, and it was here waiting for him,” said Pardo, who is president of DMR.

“Darrell and I have partnered together for years to raise money and awareness for spinal cord injury research, as well as to help people with quality-of-life issues,” said Buoniconti, who is president of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “Darrell has a program that occasionally gives away wheelchairs to people in need, and Quentin certainly had a need.”

“It’s just a great day when you can change someone’s life like this in a room full of great people,” Gwynn said at the low-key ceremony in Fernandez Rundle’s office.

“The old chair was falling apart. It was barely hanging on. This new chair is going to be a lot better,” said Spivey, who expressed his gratitude to all involved.

“Look at Quentin smiling,” said Fernandez Rundle. “He’s going to have a quality of life he didn’t have before today.”

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