The Mountain Times

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Hope, faith and charity; it takes a mountain

Kevin McDonald has been a fixture in Killington for over 15 years. He has always been fun loving and a pleasure to be around. You would typically find him on the bumps of Outer Limits or in the trees at Patsy's. By night he would be dancing up a storm at the Pickle Barrel. 

McDonald, age 40, shares his love of skiing and the mountain of Killington with his son Mark, age 9, who has been a regular on the slopes since he was just 2-years-old.

But Kevin McDonald recently suffered a fall from his deck in South Boston and is now confined to a wheelchair, with a broken back, broken neck and paralysis from the waist down.

He comes from a small family, who has remained strong throughout this whole ordeal. His brother Mike McDonald and his mother Jo McDonald, a Killington resident and employee of Killington Mountain Resort, have been there for him every day as he works to overcome his disability.

The outpouring of support from friends and the community at large has been overwhelming.  From cards to prayers to donations, everyone Kevin McDonald has touched throughout his life has reached out in support. He is not a stranger to overcoming adversity, and there is no doubt we will see him and his son again in Killington shaving turns on a "POW day." But McDonald has a long road as he adjusts into his daily routine without the use of his legs.  

There will be a benefit held for Kevin McDonald on Sunday, Oct.13 at the Summit Lodge from 12-4 p.m. to help raise money to defray some of Kevin's enormous medical and rehabilitation costs. The fundraiser party will include a lavish BBQ, music, silent auction and prizes.

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Kevin McDonald (left) stands with his mother Jo McDonald and brother Michael McDonald.