Truro Unites for Chris MacKinnon

If you grew up in Truro or have children in swimming or hockey you have heard the names Chris and Juanita MacKinnon.

Chris has been employed at MacKenzie’s Towing for approximately 30 yrs where many of his co-workers and friends consider him family, while Juanita has been a fixture at Scotia Pool as the Aquatic Manager for the past 15 yrs. The MacKinnons have 3 beautiful children, Ewan (12) who just last year, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, but doesn’t let that stop him when he takes to the ice, Ella (9) and her love of horses and Cara (6) whose smile can melt your heart.

Juanita and Chris are the kind of people who will never say no when asked to help. Chris has been a fixture at rinks in the area on and off the ice as a player, coach and proud father. He is the first to lend a hand to those in need whether it be through his work or his volunteer activities. If you don’t find them at the pool or the rink, they can be found at Hart Lake enjoying the country with family and friends.

Now it is time for us as a community to lend a helping hand.

Recently, after suffering a seizure on September 10th in the early morning, Chris was taken to the hospital and after various tests, scans and a biopsy over the following weeks, has been given the devastating news of being diagnosed with a Glioblastoma brain tumor. Despite being told this is the same type of tumor that Canadian rock icon Gord Downie and US senator John McCain were diagnosed with in recent years, Chris’s determined and positive attitude are a guarantee that he will win this battle. Because of this diagnosis, he is now off work, as the grueling schedule of treatments begin.

This means many trips to Halifax for appointments, radiation etc. To help this family who is now dealing with so much, we have set up this GoFundMe to aid with travel, medical and day to day expenses in hopes that with the generous support of their friends, family and community they can focus on Chris’s treatments without the added stress of finances. Together we can help Chris fight his toughest battle yet. For the family that gives so much of themselves, please donate and share.

Let’s Unite For Chris MacKinnon!


Donations ()

  • Jeff Benjamin 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • $80 
    • 1 mo
  • Rachel Brautigam 
    • $10 
    • 2 mos
  • Jonathan Faulkner 
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • Isaiah R 
    • $50 
    • 3 mos
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Fundraising team (5)

John Stackhouse 
Raised $655 from 9 donations
Truro, NS
Juanita MacKinnon 
Carolyn Boyd 
Team member
Raised $250 from 2 donations
Jeannine Garrett 
Team member
Raised $150 from 2 donations
Mary Thomson 
Team member
Raised $100 from 1 donation
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