Fund Set Up To Help Gay Man Left Paralyzed By Senseless Attack

scott-jones-fundAfter a brutal attack that may have been motivated by his sexual orientation but which will leave him paralyzed potentially for the rest of his life, Scott Jones is receiving some much-needed support.

Friends and family of the 27-year-old Nova Scotia native have set up a trust fund to aid in his long road to recovery:

Scott is the kind of guy that everyone is lucky to know. He cares deeply for his family, friends and community who he supports. On Saturday October 12th at 2:30am his life drastically changed. He is now paralyzed and trying to recover physically and emotionally from a vicious attack.

The road ahead for Scott will be challenging; physically, emotionally and financially. He will no longer be able to do the things he’s been accustomed to do for the past 27 years. The financial requirements of his rehabilitation is far beyond the capability of his family so with your support we can help them to focus on supporting Scott. A trust fund has been set up in his name to ensure all money donated goes to supporting Scott with his rehabilitation process.

On behalf of the entire family, thank you for your support!

In addition, a Facebook group has been dedicated to Scott, offering messages of love and hope. In an effort to keep things on a positive note, the group’s administrator will remove any “posts expressing anger, hatred or other negative emotions or in any way discussing the alleged offender,” 19-year-old Shane Edward Matheson.

Matheson allegedly stabbed Jones twice in the back, severing his spinal cord. Scott’s friends and family the attack was motivated by anti-gay bias. Matheson is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace. He made a brief court appearance on Tuesday and will remain in custody until the end of the month.

As for Jones, a church organist and choir director, he is reportedly in good spirits and has been moved to Queen Elizabeth Health Sciences Centre in Halifax to receive additional care. Doctors fear, however, he will remain paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life.

Click here to join Scott’s support group on Facebook and here to donate to his trust fund.

h/t: O Candada