Mitchell Stark, born with cerebral palsy, raises nearly $30K to make home accessible
Mitchell Stark is grateful for the donations, says he is looking to pay it forward
Mitchell Stark says he's overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers that have helped to make his home more accessible, but he's already looking to pay it forward.
The inspirational 17-year-old from Keswick, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, quietly began a crowdfunding campaign in January to help his parents pay the enormous costs of retrofitting the family home to make it easier for him to get around.
Since starting the gofundme campaign, Stark has raised nearly $30,000 — just under half of his target.
Renovations to the bathroom have begun and Stark couldn't hold back his excitement.
"I'll be able to get right into the washroom and go right into the shower pretty much independently," he told CBC News.
Contractors are working to make the first floor bathroom accessible and hope to have the project completed on Dec. 23.
"I think it's the best gift in the world," Stark said. "You can't beat that, especially for someone who's in a situation where he always has to rely on other people."
Stark's mother became emotional when discussing the outpouring of support for Mitchell.
"We're just grateful, we're really, really grateful," she said, choking up. "People don't understand what it takes sometimes to pull everything together or what finances it takes to do different things throughout their lives when you have someone that has a lot of special needs.
"This is helping out immensely."
The teen with the big spirit is already thinking of how he can return the generosity.
"I always believe if someone gives to you, the right thing to do and the only thing to do is to pass that on," Stark said. "And you hope you can make a change in someone else's life. I want to help other people in my situation and in the future I'd love to start a charity that helps people just like myself."