Canyon gives secret gift to P.E.I. child

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George Canyon

Steve Sharratt


GEORGETOWN — A young disabled boy’s dream to play air guitar turned into more than he bargained for last week during a show at the Kings Playhouse.

Well known country singer George Canyon, in town for one of his regular visits to perform two shows in the Kings County capital, had a chance to meet Brayden White, one of his biggest fans.

The seven-year-old not only got to sit in the front row of the theatre in a special chair, but got to play Canyon’s guitar in the dressing room before the show.

“Brayden just loves the sound of a guitar,’’ said father Melvin Ford.

And if that’s not enough of a huge thrill for a little fellow with Down’s syndrome, the Nova Scotia-based singer also left a special gift before he headed home from his Prince Edward Island visit.

“It was just overwhelming when I went to my computer and there was a thank you card from George,’’ said Ford, who acts as operating manager at the Georgetown Inn where Canyon was staying.

When it was opened, Canyon, who spent time the previous day talking to Ford about the needs of a disabled child, had left $300 in cash and asked the misty eyed father to buy an iPad for his young son.

“I just couldn’t believe it,’’ said Ford.

“George had asked about the special needs Brayden required and we were talking about how a special chair at the school is something I was trying to look after, and then I mentioned how his teachers had mentioned how an iPad could assist him in learning. Words just can’t express how heartwarming such a special gift was to receive from George and for someone like him to do this for Brayden.”

The youngster attends Georgetown elementary school and will soon have his own iPad.

Organizations: Georgetown Inn, Georgetown elementary school

Geographic location: GEORGETOWN, Kings, Prince Edward Island

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Recent comments

  • Mary
    August 30, 2013 - 22:51

    I had never heard of this singer, but I am happy this story was shared, so people know that entertainers are not always totally self-absorbed. The iPad should make a difference in the boys life.

  • noodle
    April 17, 2013 - 08:17

    Wait a minute. How did the media know about it? They surely didn't just have a lucky guess. Obviously, the father contacted the media to tell them because he felt it was a lovely and note worthy gesture and wanted to give credit where credit is due. By the way, Canyon gave the boy a gift not a "blessing" - gods give blessings, human beings give gifts.

  • Mike
    April 16, 2013 - 21:02

    I think this so wonderful of George. His manner and character does not surprise me. It appears as though the media has not allowed his secret gift to remain secret. He did this with a good heart, not to be shared, and not to be waved. I somehow think George's blessing was taken away.