N.S. man back on track after receiving new scooter
Published Tuesday, November 13, 2012 6:26PM AST
A Nova Scotia man has a new set of wheels after his motorized scooter was stolen last week.
Steve Weatherby could hardly contain his excitement Tuesday as he tried out his new scooter – a $3,500 gift from two anonymous donors.
“I never, never, ever expected to see another scooter like this,” said the Bible Hill resident.
Cerebral palsy has left Weatherby paralyzed on one side of his body, requiring him to use a motorized scooter to get around.
Weatherby paid $1,800 for his old scooter with recycled bottles and donations from his community, but he was devastated to find it had been stolen from his shed last Monday.
His story touched the hearts of many Maritimers and late last week, two anonymous donors ordered and paid for a brand new motorized scooter for Weatherby.
“We really are touched by the outpouring of love and support shown to Steve,” said his sister, Kathy MacKay. “We are very, very happy. I’m crying right now, but really, I am very happy.”
Police recovered the stolen scooter on the weekend, but it is damaged and would require a lot of work before it could be used again.
Despite the discovery, Weatherby’s benefactors made it clear they still wanted him to have the new rig.
Even the company that made Weatherby’s new scooter made an extra effort to deliver it as soon as possible.
“It’s just nice to know that there’s members in the community that can come together to create a positive ending to something like this,” said company representative Cale Wadden.
MacKay has a special message for those who bought her brother a new scooter.
“We don’t know who the donors were, but really, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”
With files from CTV Atlantic's Dan MacIntosh