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Singer helps to replace stolen wheelchair van

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CHELSEA, Mass. (WHDH) - An Irish tenor and Boston resident helped a woman with cerebral palsy after her wheelchair van was stolen Christmas morning.

Mary Houghton, of Somerville, uses a wheelchair van to get around but after it was stolen from the driveway back in December, her two sisters who care for her struggled.

"It's been really tough getting around. Mary has lost a lot of her activities in the community. She hasn't been able to get around too well," said sister Kathleen Houghton.

The Houghton family has been big fans of Ronan Tynan and have gotten to know them over the years. When he found out the van was stolen, he knew he had to help.

"We are getting this van. Hell or high water, we are getting this van. I, of course, put pressure on some very good friends," Tynan said.

After four months of using buses, walking or just staying at home, Mary can finally get where she needs to go.

"You can see in her face, she is thrilled. She is thrilled to pieces about this. It is such ... We have been fans of Ronan so long. For him to do this for us, it is so meaningful. Really amazing," Kathleen said.

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