The family of Ernest Scott received overwhelming support from the Abaco community at his medical fundraiser at the BAIC Park on July 27.
Steak and rib dinners were sold with the usual side orders along with delectable conch fritters, and tasty coconut and pineapple tarts. Entertainment was provided, and the bouncing castle stole the show for the younger ones.
Scottie, as he is better known, was able to travel from Nassau for the special day to witness the love and generosity of his community. He spent parts of the day seated, and at other times, he hobbled on crutches around the site to mingle with his friends and family.
Toward the end of the event, his wife Malena Scott said that 600 tickets had been printed, and according to her records, close to 500 had been sold. She was reassured that with their earnings from the fundraiser, and the assistance of the National Insurance Board, they would be able to tackle Scottie’s whopping medical bill, which loomed in the area of $100,000 initially.
“I would like to thank each and every one who has donated, and who came out to help and support me,” Scottie said. “In gracious keeping with them and for them being so kind and dear to me, I pray that the Lord Almighty will take care of each of us in our endeavours.”
Emotionally shaken up as he watched well-wishers turn up in large numbers for the fundraising event, Scottie fought back tears as he cherished the moment of being with his family and friends before heading back to Nassau to prepare for his surgery on July 29.
Despite the intense pain that surged through his back, Scottie was still grateful to God for sustaining him.
“I try to walk it off, but the pain is still there,” he said, flinching. “I have two vertebrates that are out of whack, and my spine has some problems from something before, but I give God thanks.”
He concluded by thanking his wife, and his family and friends who have been so dear and close to him in his time of need.