Support pours in for N.S. man left paralyzed
Published Wednesday, October 16, 2013 6:58PM ADT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 16, 2013 7:15PM ADT
Support is pouring in for a Nova Scotia man left paralyzed from an attack over the weekend.
A new website to support Scott Jones of New Glasgow is spreading his story around the world.
The site, “Support Scott Jones,” shows numerous photos of Scott with his trademark smile.
A man full of life, experiencing the world and now the world is embracing him.
As news of his story spreads, comments and donations are pouring in for the 27-year-old musician left paralyzed by a vicious stabbing over the weekend.
“It’s been amazing from all over the world really,” exclaims family friend, Jennifer Weatherhead. “Canadians alone are amazing people. Nova Scotians have stepped-up. When I get to view where the support is coming from as far as Australia and comments from the United Kingdom. I mean it’s been overwhelming for the family.”
It’s now getting some big publicity as well.
Colonel Chris Hadfield is encouraging people to support the campaign on his Facebook page.
There are notes from family, friends and even complete strangers who have been touched by his story.
Some are fellow alumni of Mount Allison University while others are from the GLBT community.
Jones is openly gay, that’s why his friends and family believe he was attacked.
On the support website it writes, “Scott is the kind of guy that everyone is lucky to know. He cares deeply for his family, friends and community.”
According to the family, Scott is reading all those messages and is overwhelmed by the support.
They say it’s giving him strength, and he’s moved that so many people are rooting for him.
The road ahead for him will be challenging, psychically, emotionally and financially.
Scott will no longer be able to do the things he’s been used to doing for the past 27 years.
This website was started to raise money for his new life.
“He needs the money for rehabilitation. He needs the money to accommodate his living, how he’s going to move forward,” explains Weatherhead. “He went from working, to being active in the community and now he has a completely different lifestyle. He’s been turned around so the costs are going to be astronomical.”
Since the website got up and running, more than 30,000 people have visited the support site and so far $22,000 has been raised.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Marie Adsett