Collector car enthusiasts gathered together at the Wheels for Wishes auto show in St. Johns, Newfoundland, to raise $50,000 for local recent high school graduate Brandon Joy to get a guide dog.
Joy is diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare eye disease that’s left him legally blind with no peripheral and night vision.
As he gears up to attend his first year of college at Memorial University to pursue his dream career of being a teacher, Joy is eager to get a CNIB guide dog to help him get around campus with ease.
Hundreds of cars and attendees showed up.
“Such a great group of people to come out, especially to see all the cars, a couple hundred cars, to come out makes me really happy that there are so many great people willing to help,” Joy told NTV news with a smile on his face.
The Wheels for Wishes group started fundraising three months prior to the event and right before the car show started, Wheels for Wishes received a donation that put them over the $50,000 goal.
“He’s a real smart, real nice kid,” event organizer Leon House said at the event. “When the ask came out to get a dog, Wheels for Wishes decided he’d be a great guy to get it for.”