Ral­ly­ing around Alvin

Com­mu­nity back­ing fa­ther of four badly in­jured in Wood­side crash

Valley Journal Advertiser - - SPORTS - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA

Even while he’s propped up in a hospi­tal bed with tubes up his nose, Alvin MacIn­nis is all too happy to make a funny face for the cam­era.

“It’s hard to find a pic of him with­out his tongue hang­ing out of his mouth be­cause he’s al­ways be­ing silly,” jokes long-time fam­ily friend Joe­lene John­son.

The fa­ther of four school-aged chil­dren was se­ri­ously in­jured in a snow­mo­bile ac­ci­dent in a gravel pit in Wood­side the evening of March 25. The ma­chine MacIn­nis was rid­ing dropped down over a 12-me­tre em­bank­ment, and sub­se­quently landed on him.

News of the crash floored John­son — and many oth­ers.

“He’ll help any­body. He’s al­ways been the first one there. You can call him at 3 a .m. and he’ll run out of the house and help you with any­thing,” she said.

“It’s just Alvin. He seems in­vin­ci­ble, so it did come as a huge shock.”

The well-known me­chanic has un­der­gone surgery and logged sev­eral days in the in­ten­sive care unit since he was rushed to the QEII Health Sciences Cen­tre, where he will re­main for an un­de­ter­mined pe­riod of time.

The com­mu­nity is ral­ly­ing be­hind MacIn­nis and his wife, Janet, as they are faced with keep­ing on top of reg­u­lar bills, as well as mount­ing med­i­cal and travel costs, with the sole provider for the fam­ily hos­pi­tal­ized in Hal­i­fax for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

“It’s go­ing to be a very, very long road for him, and Janet as well,” said John­son.

“He’s very pos­i­tive, and his at­ti­tude right now is, ‘I can do this. I’ve got this.’ And Janet’s go­ing, ‘Oh, he can do it. We’ve got this.’”

In ad­di­tion to as­sist­ing with costs of trav­el­ling back and forth to Hal­i­fax and un­ex­pected med­i­cal ex­penses, do­na­tions will help with ren­o­va­tions to the fam­ily’s home if mod­i­fi­ca­tions are re-

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