"Gene, who was very self-conscious about being wheelchair-bound, was brought around to the back of the platform in order to hobble the few steps to his seat on the platform without being seen this way by his many fans and the press. Called to the mike, he rose unsteadily, physically supported by members of the 'Star Trek' cast. Somewhere in his inner reserves he found that great determination that had always been part of his being, and he managed to deliver a few brief, humorous remarks to the crowd. Nothing profound, just the same sort of things he had said for years, but it lifted his spirits immensely."
--from Chapter 20 of Inside Trek