Woman with ex­tra scoot­ers wants one to go to beat­ing vic­tim

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CITY + REGION - AN­DREA HILL ahill@post­media.com

Af­ter Tricia Mills’ mo­tor­ized scooter was stolen this sum­mer, Saska­toon res­i­dents “bom­barded” her with sup­port.

Thanks to gen­er­ous do­na­tions and at­ten­tion drawn to her plight, the 63-year-old woman — who has strug­gled to get around since un­der­go­ing mul­ti­ple pelvis re­con­struc­tions — went from hav­ing no scooter to hav­ing three.

She gave one to her neigh­bour, Robert Carig­nan, who made head­lines last month af­ter he was pulled from his mo­tor­ized chair in down­town Saska­toon and beaten in a ran­dom at­tack.

She now wants to get the other chair to Prince Al­bert so it can be given to Mar­lene Bird, who lost both her legs in 2014 af­ter she was beaten and set on fire while liv­ing on the streets.

Bird gets around in a push wheel­chair or mo­tor­ized scooter, but her scooter was stolen from a Tim­ber Bay home this sum­mer.

“My heart just felt for Mar­lene,” Mills said. “She re­lies on her wheel­chair and it’s a real low per­son to take some­body’s wheel­chair like that.”

Reached at Prince Al­bert’s In­dian and Metis Friend­ship Cen­tre this week, Bird said she misses her scooter.

“I wish I had a scooter so I could run around,” she said. “It’s not too good for me to move around.”

Bird said she does not know who would be able to trans­port the chair from Saska­toon to Prince Al­bert for her. She hopes some­one who hears her story may be able to help.

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