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  •   Home > News > Entertainment

    Justin Timberlake has donated a wheelchair-accessible van to a teenager with cerebral palsy

    The ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ hitmaker has reached out to 17-year-old Jake Stitt - who suffers with the lifelong condition which affects movement and co-ordination - to buy him and his dad a van that is suitable for his wheelchair


    Jake and Tim were looking to raise the funds for the van through online donation pages, but Justin took it upon himself to help the family by purchasing the adaptable vehicle.

    Speaking to Jake over Zoom, Justin said: "It's my pleasure. Like I said, I heard there was a goal to try to get this van before Thanksgiving. I heard your story and saw a little news clip about it.

    "I was so moved that I want you guys to have this van. I’m going to cover all the costs. I want you guys to have a great holiday. You inspire me, Jake."

    The family had already raised more than $35,000 for the van before Justin stepped in, which can now be spent on Jake’s much-needed care.

    Before receiving the wheelchair-accessible van, Tim had to carry his son onto a regular van, which has caused him to develop back problems.

    Speaking to WJHL about the donation, Tim said: “It’s going to make his life much easier as we go into our future and it’s going to make my life a lot easier because there’s not many people that can lift him up and sit him in a van like he needs. It’s going to make our lives so much easier because of the independence he’s going to have as a young man now.”

    And Jake added: "It was a blessing and God bless.”

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