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Local high school raises 30k for student's new wheelchair
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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Ibrahim "Ibra" Samia will be getting a new wheelchair!

Watkins Mill High School reached its goal of $25,000 to help get a student a new wheelchair by raising over $30,000 on a GoFundMe page.

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Samia is 19-years-old and has athetoid cerebral palsy.

Samia was born in Kenya where he had little access to medical care. When he was 13, Samia moved to the U.S. where a wheelchair was donated to him.

The wheelchair was not made for him and Samia has had to use it for six years.

In hopes of buying Samia a custom wheelchair, a student group called Learning for Independence started to raise money by first having a bake sale and then a GoFundMe page.

Thanks to the support of his high school and community, Samia will now be able to get a new wheelchair made just for him.

The extra money raised will be donated to other students who may have similar problems as Samia, according to the GoFundMe page.

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