GLOUCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A severe injury to a beloved DJ from Cape Ann is rallying residents to come together and help him get back on his feet and to the turntables once again. Scott MacDonald, a.k.a "DJ Scottie Mac" was wounded in a scooter accident while he was vacationing in Jamaica earlier in January.
Following the incident, Gloucester community members rallied to bring MacDonald home for surgery on a collapsed lung at Massachusetts General Hospital. According to a Facebook post from one of the fundraisers for MacDonald, Joey Ciaramitaro, a MedFlight to Boston costed an estimated $45,000.
But the community was up to the challenge, raising tens of thousands of dollars to bring MacDonald home and fund the surgery he desperately needed. MacDonald is a member of the AMVETS Post 32, and when his peers heard he was in serious trouble down south, they sprang into action.
Fellow member Sara Gray and others organized over half a dozen fundraisers, including a sale of designed sweatshirts that read "Scottie Strong."
"I was horrified— getting him out of Jamaica was the main goal for everybody, the healthcare down there is just horrible. We had to do whatever we could to get him out of there. We are taking orders still and it will continue as long as there's a demand," Gray said.
AMVETS Post 32 member Victor Anido said that it's causes like this that brings people together.
"It's a small town, when somebody's in need we have people like Sara— just jump right to it and go 100 percent," Anido said.
Those interested in purchasing a Scottie Strong sweatshirt can find out more here, or contact Gray directly at email@example.com.
WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports.