This is James Myers. A few days after he was born, he left the maternity wing having made ten new friends and getting three girls’ phone numbers.
OK, that’s not true. However, if you’ve met James at any time during the following 45 years and experienced his good humor, warmth, and enthusiasm, you wouldn’t be surprised if there was some truth to that story.
James has an irrepressible spirit and is always up for an adventure, whether it was traveling abroad, or heading out for an impromptu meetup with some friends in his beloved city. He also gives back to the community with his spare time; as a member of the Norristown Arts Council and with the Patrician Society of Norristown. He enjoys good whiskey, better books, Doctor Who, and belting out “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and “Fat Bottom Girls” at karaoke.
In October 2016, James walked into the emergency room, complaining of tightness and tingling through his midsection and feet. Within 24 hours, he was was unable to walk — eventually paralyzed from the chest down as a result of a lesion on his spine caused by MS.
The paralysis and resulting additional health issues caused James to spend most of the last two years in and out of hospitals and rehab centers, sometimes on months of bedrest. It’s a journey that could defeat the spirit of even the strongest person, but James has come through it with grace, humor, and a determination to regain a normal life and maintain his full-time work.
He is now staying with family, but unfortunately faces tremendous obstacles and financial burdens, including hospital, ambulance, and medical supply bills not covered by insurance, and daily home care aids to assist him with getting ready each morning. We, his friends and family, are hosting a beef 'n' beer fundraiser on Saturday, March 9, 2019 (www.bit.ly/GiveJamesaRide) to offset the cost of a wheelchair van that James can drive himself. This will make it easier for him to get to his many doctor’s appointments, work assignments and functions, and even allow him the occasional night out with friends and family.
No donation is too small and will go a long way to helping James navigate this chapter in his life. If you can't join us for the beef 'n' beer, please consider donating to this GoFundMe.