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Neighbors upgrade man’s wheelchair with speakers, LED lights

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SOUTH JORDAN — When the speakers hooked up to a man’s power wheelchair stopped working, his neighbors took notice and decided to help out.

Tony Brewster, 30, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around. During the 10 years he has lived in the Daybreak community, he played music every day while taking his miniature pinscher on a walk.

His speakers were attached to the power wheelchair, but recently wore out.

“I guess people in my subdivision noticed my music wasn't blaring, so they asked me if they could take my wheelchair for about a week to pimp it out,” he wrote in an email.

Brewster’s neighbors upgraded his wheelchair by adding Crystal Clear speakers, red rims, white mud flaps and blue undercarriage LED lights.

"I just fell in love with Tony. We became buds," said Bam Peck, who arraigned the wheelchair upgrade.

While it is tough to decide, Brewster said his favorite feature is the speakers so he can play the hip hop music he loves.

“Words can’t even describe how I feel,” Brewster wrote. “All I can say is this is exactly how a community should be!”

"Oh, it got me. When we brought that chair out, the smile on his face was enough," Peck said. "It was beautiful."

In addition to Peck, Brewster is especially grateful to Brain from the Salt Lake Heat; and Allen from California Audio, who worked on the chair's audio.

“There are nice people everywhere,” he wrote. “It may not seem like it at times, but all you have to do is look harder and just be a good friend to everyone!”

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