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Lil Wayne purchases fan's mother a new wheelchair

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12/20/2010 by Kristina Lopez

Rapper Lil Wayne helped out a fan while serving eight months behind bars this year on a gun-possession charge.

The chart topping star bought New Jersey woman Evelyn Austin an $11,000 wheel chair after receiving letters from the woman's 39-year-old daughter, Rhonda, while in prison, according to the New York Daily News.

"I couldn't believe it. I never asked for nothing," said Ronda Austin, 39, who wrote to Lil Wayne almost every week of his prison time. "I just told him all kinds of different things about me. I never even said I needed help."

"I pray for him every night thanking him for this chair," Evelyn Austin, 64, told the newspaper. "I love every bit of it. It changed my life."

Austin has been using a wheelchair for 15 years after knee problems began to affect her ability to walk. Her previous wheelchair had been severely damaged and without a proper functioning wheelchair, Austin was confined to her bed for nearly two years.

"It was something that he was compelled to do," Nina Packer, who heads Lil Wayne's charitable foundation the One Family Foundation, told the newspaper. "He wanted to buy Mrs. Austin the Maybach of wheelchairs."

The rapper was released from jail on November 4. During his time behind bars, Lil Wayne, rapper, whose music is on President Barack Obama's iPod, celebrated his 28th birthday and released his eighth studio album, "I Am Not a Human Being".

"I like to thank my wonderful family and friends for never letting me down," Lil Wayne wrote in a letter from jail before his release. "Your love and support is worth the world. I am grateful for you all and I couldn't have done it without your love. Also, I thank everyone who came to visit me."

Lil Wayne is the first artist in 15 years to release a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart while serving a sentence. I Am Not a Human Being spent a week in the top slot and has sold more than 323,000 copies since its September 27 release. Meanwhile, the rapper has already recorded new music since he was released from jail.

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