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Chair fixed after flurry of tweets

A Kamloops boy confined to a New York hotel bed after his customizedwheelchair was dismantled while travelling with Air Canada had itrepaired and returned Thursday following a Twitter campaign.

A Kamloops boy confined to a New York hotel bed after his customized wheelchair was dismantled while travelling with Air Canada had it repaired and returned Thursday following a Twitter campaign.

Tanner Bawn, 10, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He was heading to New York from Toronto to watch a group of bloggers take part in Tutus for Tanner, a charity run planned Friday in Central Park to raise money for the boy.

At LaGuardia Airport they discovered the wheelchair had been dismantled, seemingly beyond repair.

“They killed it,” Catherine Connors, Bawn’s aunt, said.

She immediately took to Twitter creating a flurry of reaction.

Air Canada said an all-night repair service in New York fixed the chair.

The company also said it would make one of Bawn’s wishes come true.

“We know Tanner’s No. 1 personal wish is to go to Disney World, so we’ll be making that happen for him and his cousins,” said spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick.

 
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