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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-02-07

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February 7 • 2013

etting around on four wheels
has been a big adjustment
for Harry Weaver, 36, of
Canton — and now he has four more.
He's the new owner of a fully equipped
wheelchair-accessible van donated by a
total stranger.
Weaver, the local Anti-Defamation
League's education director, was shot
during an attempted robbery and
shooting in Detroit back in September.
Now he is paralyzed from the waist
down. Prior to the shooting, Weaver
visited area schools and taught count-
less local students lessons about non-
violence by conducting the ADI:s "No
Place for Hate" programs.
Stacey Boyd, a disabled veteran in
a wheelchair because of an injury he
suffered in a car crash, learned about
Harry's story while watching a local
TV newscast. Boyd was moved, and he
wanted to help.
"The van has been sitting in my
driveway for about a year:' Boyd
explained. "When I saw the story I told
my wife, 'I'm going to give him that
van:"
And he did. But first, the vehicle
needed several costly repairs.
Advantage Mobility Outfitters
in Wayne and Serra Chevrolet of
Southfield agreed to fix the engine
and a remote controlled ramp free
of charge. The car dealership also
detailed the van and filled up the gas
tank.
"We didn't think twice about offer-
ing our services:' said Jeff Goldblatt
with Advantage Mobility Outfitters.
"It couldn't happen to a better
person to be able to get something

donated like this:' added Scott Bruyere
of Serra Chevrolet.
A few weeks ago, all four men met
at the car dealership and Weaver got
to see the roomy van in person for the
first time. He still needs some train-
ing to learn how to operate it using
hand controls. But the donation is a
big relief for the husband and father.
Harry and his wife, Dawn, have a
2-year-old son and a second baby due
in March.
"It's incredible Weaver said as
he checked out the van. "I can't say
enough about everybody involved. It
just reinforces what I already know
to be the case — there are more good
people than bad people"
The suspected gunman, Richard
Nickerson, is charged with armed rob-
bery, assault with intent to commit
murder and other crimes. He's accused
of opening fire on Weaver and a friend
as they left a Masonic Temple on
McDougall in Detroit. The friend was
not injured. Nickerson remains in jail
while his case moves through the court
system.
"I certainly hope he's punished to
the full extent of the law:' Weaver said.
"It's unfortunate that he chose the path
he did."
It's not clear exactly when Harry will
return to work with the ADL, but he
hopes to be back on the job before the
end of the year.



If youd like to help the family,
donations can be sent to the Bank of
Birmingham, attention: Harry Weaver
Independence Fund, 33583 Woodward
Ave., Birmingham, MI 48009 or care of
the ADL office at 25800 Northwestern
Highway, Suite 980, Southfield, MI
48075.

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