Virginia Beach business takes action for dialysis patient

Posted at 7:35 PM, Nov 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-24 19:35:28-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - Christmas came a little early for Vincent Vann.

“I feel like I can do things now: buy groceries, go to my mother's house. I don't have to impose myself on my neighbors. Bless their hearts,” Vann said.

Someone stole the 55-year-old's moped more than a week ago. Vann is a dialysis patient with chronic kidney disease, and his moped was his only form of transportation.

NewsChannel 3 first told you about Vann last Friday.

After our story aired, we received phone calls and emails from people wanting to take action.

The guys from Virginia Beach-based Atlantic Heating & Cooling Services were among them.

"We thought what better way to give back to the community when you see somebody in need so we took action and hopefully it got a good result helping get somebody back on their own two feet again where they're not depending on anyone else," said Mike Brunner.

Brunner and two of his colleagues bought Vann a brand new scooter and helped NewsChannel 3 plan the big surprise.

Vann, on-the-other-hand, had no idea.

"He didn't even have to say anything his face told the whole story," said Tavis Meredith.

Vann says he will be locking up his new moped and looking into installing some kind of anti-theft system.

“Thank you NewsChannel 3 for taking action. I really appreciate this,” Vann said.


Virginia Beach dialysis patient on stolen moped: “I felt kind of violated”