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Trenton Girone first special needs contestant to be on "Wheel of Fortune"

Trenton Girone is the first special needs contestant ever to be on "Wheel of Fortune."
Trenton Girone is the first special needs contestant ever to be on "Wheel of Fortune."
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"Wheel of Fortune" has had over 6,000 episodes and on Thursday Huffington Post reports that Trenton Girone was the first special needs contestant to be on the show. Girone has Tourette Sydrome and Aspergers, a type of autism, and was so pleased to be on the show, even though he didn't win, because he's been a fan since he was two. The 21-year old solved the puzzle, "a smashing success" as #TeamTrent began trending on Twitter.

Trent Girone has undergone nine brain surgeries and an open heart surgery, says that it has always been his dream to be on the show. He enjoyed meeting Pat Sajak, even thought he didn't get to talk to Vanna, and he says that everyone made him feel welcome and safe despite his physical limitations.

In a blog post that he wrote on the "Wheel of Fortune" website, Girone shared that the contestant staff took the time to help him out as well as Sajak himself. He offered advice to future contestants to just have fun because the show is fun even if it is challenging. Girone didn't win the show, but he won big in everyone's hearts as they watched and cheered him on via Twitter and other social media platforms. In Trent Girone's contestant profile, he even mentioned the infamous category, "megaword," a defunct puzzle category that Sajak hated, and one that few fans seem to remember.

Trent says that being a part of "Wheel of Fortune" history has been a lifelong dream for him because he's been a fan since he was two-years old. His only regret was that he didn't get to talk to Vanna White while on the show. He was in the third taping of the day, so he is especially thankful that everyone was understanding of his physical challenges and that they still took the time to help him out and make him feel comfortable.