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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A South Florida quadriplegic who gained national fame by using an exoskeleton to help walk across the stage at his college graduation at FIU, was given the keys to a donated wheelchair accessible van Friday.

Aldo Amenta was all smiles and feeling a little overwhelmed when he was given the keys to the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica at Palmetto 57 Nissan and Volkswagen.

“I am really overwhelmed by all of this. This is such a blessing. You guys have no idea what a small action can do. It doesn’t matter how big or how small. You cannot imagine what you can do for the life of someone else when you support them. You can change their world,” said Amenta. “So if you ever feel like helping someone, just do it. That small grain of sand you are putting there is changing their world.”

For the full story and video, visit CBS4 Miami.


MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - A wheelchair-bound man who did not let his disability prevent him from graduating from college is now ready to ride, thanks to a fellow alumnus and a South Florida car dealership.

Applause greeted Florida International University graduate Aldo Amenta as he and his family came into Palmetto57, Friday. They got the surprise of a lifetime when they received a new wheelchair-accessible van.

“I feel overwhelmed, so excited, super happy and blessed about receiving this gift,” he said. “I honestly have no words.”

Amenta gained national and international fame this past fall after he walked across the stage at FIU with the help of an exoskeleton to receive his diploma.

For the full story and video, visit Channel 7 News Miami.


Joven parapléjico graduado de FIU recibe una furgoneta especial que lo ayudará a ir a todas partes.

To watch the news clip in English, visit The Miami Herald. To watch the news clip in Spanish, visit El Nuevo Herald.


Joven discapacitado recibe una camioneta especial que le permitirá trasladarse para continuar con sus estudios

To watch the video, visit Univision Miami 23.