On August 14, 2017, Joyce had to have knee replacement surgery, because years of escalating knee problems and the associated pain were affecting her functioning and her quality of life. While everything appeared to be fine at first, an infection surfaced and she has since had two additional surgeries to clear infection. The infection has continued in her knee despite the follow up surgeries, and a specialist in Richmond has now informed her that the new knee joint must be removed, & Joyce will have to have a spacer put in for 3-12 months while waiting for the infections to clear. After this time, they will attempt to put in a new knee joint, but Joyce will not be able to put any weight on her knee in the meantime.
Joyce has spent her entire adult life pouring her efforts into students that she has taught at five different schools in Illinois and Virginia. She is also a mother of six, one of whom Ken and Joyce adopted. She is always giving of herself to others. She was even a living donor for a liver transplant 12 years ago, and she spent more than 180 days in the hospital fighting infection over the next year and a half after that surgery. Her husband Ken has also taught and served as administrator at two different Christian schools. He now serves as a pastor in Fredericksburg.
Ken and Joyce have spent years giving to others. Many of you reading this have been impacted by their lives and testimonies. Their lives have served as an example to literally hundreds of adults and young people throughout the years. Now it is our turn to give back to them for all they have done.
Hospital bills have been rolling in, and Joyce has been out of work for some time already. Joyce normally works two jobs. She will not be able to return to her one job for about 12 months. She is hoping to return to her teaching position in January, but that is not guaranteed. It will only happen if everything moves perfectly from this point forward.
Joyce will also lose her current insurance coverage as of January 1, 2018, since her current insurance will no longer be available in Fredericksburg, and her new plan has an individual out-of-pocket rate of $7,500.00.
The goal amount of $29,500.00 will cover only their out of pocket medical expenses and Joyce’s lost income. Please consider being a blessing to Ken & Joyce during this struggle, as they have been a blessing to so many others over their years of ministry.
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- James Burtle
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