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Big gift for wheelchair-bound UT student


Garrett Wiley, the UT student bound to a wheelchair after a 2008 car wreck left him paralyzed, received a very big gift Wednesday.

Danny and Gale Steele and their company, D and G Directional Drilling, are going to cover the remaining cost of a new off-roading wheelchair for Garrett. Many of you have already donated to his fund online, and the Steele's gift will cover the rest.

They met with Garrett Wednesday morning to tell him the good news, and also let him know they would be buying the trailer to go along with the wheelchair.

"You know, so we can help him, I want to help this kid, you know, to get back going, and to enjoy hunting and fishing, because my sons love to hunt and fish and that's why I wanted to help him," Gale Steele said.

"Kind of left me speechless to be honest, because that is a significant amount of money for anybody to give, especially to a stranger and to just want to give that to help out. It's overwhelming to be honest," Garrett Wiley said.

The Steeles told him to use whatever money is leftover from their donation toward his education. They have also invited him to go fishing and hunting with their family.

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