Nova Scotia

Cape Breton man receives support after deck vandalism

A Cape Breton man with cerebral palsy says he's overjoyed by the support he's received from people across Nova Scotia after he had part of his property destroyed by vandals.

Danny MacKinnon has cerebral palsy and has difficulty walking

A Cape Breton man with cerebral palsy says he's overjoyed by the support he's received from people across Nova Scotia after he had part of his property destroyed by vandals.

Danny MacKinnon's cerebral palsy makes it hard for him to walk, so he was devastated when the stairs leading to his private beach in Long Island were damaged.

Last year, the stairway was set on fire and destroyed. Volunteers came together and replaced the stairs, but this year vandals snapped the railings.

Phyllis MacKinnon, Danny's mother, said once her son's story aired on CBC News, people from around Cape Breton and Nova Scotia began phoning and offering help.

Danny MacKinnon says he's overjoyed by the support he's received from people across the province. (CBC)

"It makes me feel happy. I mean the point of it wasn't the damage, it's who they did it to. I mean I don't care. I can get to the water, but Danny can't. There's not words that can say thank you enough," she said.

"We had a lot of feedback from people as far away as Halifax. All over Cape Breton, people heard about it and offered some assistance in one way or another. We even had one guy in Halifax offered to come down."

Danny MacKinnon said he's been speaking to a man from Sydney who is making arrangements to fix the stairs.

"Happy and good. I'm feeling good. I can hardly say in words," said MacKinnon.

The Sydney man who is fixing the stairs didn't want to be named,  but said he is donating the materials and his time to repair the stairs.

MacKinnon said he has a message for the volunteer.

"Thank you very much and come out for a swim any time," he said.

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