In July 2008, Joe contracted e-coli. It attacked his spine causing destruction of his C-4 and C-5 vertebrae. He became completely paralyzed.
Since then, there have been numerous physical setbacks including blood clots, infections, and quarantines any of which would have caused many people to lose hope and give up. But that is not Joe’s nature.
While the setbacks slowed him down, they did not stop him. In 2016, he was able to resume his physical and occupational therapy and is doing great. His goal is to walk again. It may be with a walker, but he WILL do it!
There is an important need for Joe and his wife Kay. It is a van equipped for handicap accessible use for trips to his PT, doctor visits, and church, etc. Joe is a veteran having served in the US Air Force between the Korean and Vietnam wars. He and Kay were hopeful that the VA would be able to assist them with funding for the van. But they were turned down since Joe’s service to his country was between the wars.
The first van they looked at is no longer available but they found another. It will need a good bit of work to accommadate Joe, but they are satisfied with it.The cost of the retrofits is $8,000. To help defray the costs of this important need, I’m asking you to consider making a donation in any amount. Every donation counts…it does not matter the size. I’m also asking that you like and share this post with your friends and others in your network. Collectively, we can make a “dent” (pardon the pun) in the van’s financing!
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