With deep gratitude in our hearts, we reach out to anyone who wants to help our dearest friend. On July 11, 2021, Josh was brutally assaulted and left for dead on railroad tracks. Thankfully, he was found hours later and rushed to Grady Hospital in Atlanta where he received life-saving brain surgery.
Since then, Josh has been treated at two additional facilities. He’s now undergoing intense physical, speech, occupational and recreational therapy at Shepherd Pathways. They’re working hard to help Josh relearn the skills that grant him the independent life he deserves.
In the early days, doctors said it’d be unlikely Josh would awaken from his coma. Furthermore, if he did emerge from it, it’d be highly unlikely he’d live a functional life outside of an assisted care facility. Nothing can prepare you for such tragic news.
Thankfully, the latest prognosis is that Josh is likely to achieve a “very good” recovery. While we don’t know where that will lead him just yet, we have faith that he is on the right path. His family and friends have all been by his side as he mounts what his doctors now describe as a “miraculous” recovery. His strength and your prayers have made this possible.
Josh is the most kind, caring, spirited, Ariana Grande-loving person on this planet. He has changed the lives of many and is the type who leaves a mark everywhere he goes. His story has inspired people around the world and we’re eternally grateful for the love and support he’s received.
We continue to ask anyone who knows him, and even those who haven’t met him yet, to help his cause. Donations help pay current and future medical bills along with the enormous costs to transition back to a self-reliant world. In addition to all of that, he of course still has everyday expenses, bills and loan payments to tend to. Our hope is that as Josh goes through the next two years of therapy, he’ll be able to worry less about funds and more about his recovery and living life.
As we’ve said many times, thanks to everyone who’ve shared prayers, positive messages and financial support. Josh has come so far and still has a long road ahead of him. Doctors and therapists tell us routinely: “This is a marathon, not a sprint.” This global community continues to provide Josh the fuel he needs to finish this race. We thank and we love you all.