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Legs For Josh

$37,326 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 191 people in 2 months
Created April 1, 2019
#legsforjosh
on behalf of Shelly Buck
For 8 months Josh has battled severe infections that reached both heel and leg bones. On Friday, Josh had double leg amputation below his knees. This GOFUNDME page is here to help alleviate some of those significant medical costs.

For those unfamiliar with Josh & Shelly Buck’s story, they have endured the death of a child, paralysis in a freak accident and a decade filled with medical emergencies and hardships. But in their lack, they have chosen to give back to others. Having been in the darkest of places, they have chosen to be guides for other broken families, pointing to the beauty in the heartache. Through pain and sickness, hospital visits and bedridden days, Josh and Shelly consistently choose to throw whatever they have been given back into the Kingdom of God. And when there is nothing left, they have trusted that the Lord will provide. 

Now is one of those times. After this long season of battling severe infections that eventually reached both heel and leg bones, Josh had double leg amputation below his knees. This has been a huge blow to the whole family, and recovery represents a whole new mountain for them to climb together. We are establishing this GOFUNDME page to make sure that the steep medical expenses do not make the mountain any larger than it is. 

Here is the scope of these expenses: 

1. Because Josh is a quadriplegic, insurance will not cover the prosthetics. Even though he will probably not walk on them, prosthetics will continue to let Josh use his legs as an anchor for balance, pressure relief and mobility. And these prosthetics cost $25,000-$30,000 a piece! 

2. The Bucks will also be paying a significant sum out of pocket toward the cost of a new wheelchair. 

3. Finally, “living” at hospitals and their house has created unplanned childcare, travel and lifestyle expenses that will continue on as Josh and Shelly work through the recovery process.

Would you prayerfully consider financially supporting the Bucks and sharing their story with your network?

#LEGSFORJOSH

Much Love,
Josh & Shelly’s Friends and Family
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I've been released from Mary Free Bed and I am back home. I can't say enough good things about the nursing and rehab staff at Mary Free Bed. Even though I wasn’t in the acute stages of my rehabilitation, they treated me with abundant care and expert knowledge.

But there is no place like home baby! In the past week, I have quickly settled back into our family routine with work and kids and WIFE! God's blessing has been all over my stay in the hospital for the amputations and rehabilitation processes, but one huge additional piece is that my stability and pressure relieving are not nearly as bad as I thought they might be. With over a week at home under my belt, I have not had much trouble doing my every day routine.

But my functionality, stability, and pressure relieving ability are not nearly what they will be once I get the prosthetics. So please continue to give and share. We are almost to the 50% mark! One additional note of praise is that we got a $10,000 donation just a few days ago! Wow! God is good!
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Soapy Slide onto the Ground

Fairly mundane day 7-9 at Mary Free Bed.

Started out with an early morning doctor’s appointment at the surgeon who did the amputation. His office is out at Lake Drive, so I had to take a Life EMS medical van ride. The ride was so rough. I felt like I was in the back of a gigantic delivery vehicle. The doctor said that the amputations are looking great.

It is still difficult for me to look at the bare amputations. It is hard to look at my knees, and then look at the void where my shin and feet used to be. BUT IT IS BECOMING EASIER. Much easier. Christ is healing my heart.

After the surgeon’s appointment, I got together with my OT and PT and problem solved how I would use my old shower chair to take a shower. I wouldn’t want to get soapy and then slide out onto the ground.

This brings me to why I am here. First of all, I am here to troubleshoot. My current wheelchair and other equipment won’t work exactly like they did before. Just like I described troubleshooting for my shower chair, I am here to troubleshoot my lift and my new wheelchair.

Secondly, and more importantly, I am here to be a light for the gospel. I have gotten to share the beauty from ashes element of our story over and over again with the staff. It is frustrating to be away from home, but just on Friday, I sat cross the room from my nurse who had tears in her eyes.

I have sensed God’s presence heavily on me since the amputation, and I saw a woundedness in her eyes as she came into the room. I asked her about it several times, and she finally told me a story of verbal abuse that broke my heart. I prayed over her, and spoke truth into her life that I wouldn’t have been able to if not for our story. It’s a crappy reason to be in the hospital, but I know that I am a light for Christ to the staff.

My family and I need you to give. We are finding new things that will take money (like the shower chair) that we aren’t able to cover. Please give.

Please share. One great way to spread the reach of this gofundme is to share with your network and ask them to share with their’s.

Please pray. I am still trying to make peace with the amputation’s before I go back home. Please pray for my family and kids. They are at home feeling the void of dad being gone. Please pray for this gofundme. We have a lot of ground to cover, but God has already been miraculous and I know he will continue to be.

Probably going home Wednesday or Thursday.
Grace & Peace,
Josh
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Hey friends and family!
I WANT TO GO HOME!

So my kids got back home from Florida yesterday, and they came up to see me tonight.

But before we get to that, WE ARE TRENDING. We have been for a few days, but this is a sign of your vigorous giving... giving that averages over $120 per giver (150 givers as of tonight)! I can’t believe that I am part of such a supernatural outpouring! I am so blessed by you all!

Back to my kids…
We took over the third floor social area and we got crazy! Zoë was doing the splits. Ephram was singing. Noah was pretending to punch me and making kung fu movie sound effects. Shelly, my mom, and I were just shaking our heads and laughing.

I don’t think we talked about my legs until they had been here for 20 minutes, and even then they didn’t care enough to even want to talk about it for long.

I truly think that my kids are among the most resilient, God honoring, full of life 16, 15, and 11-year-olds out there. I know that believing kids very often come from believing parents. But sadly, this is not always the case. Regardless, I am so grateful for kids that are in love with Christ, and it oozes out of them.

It was beautiful and perfect and everything I love about my family. It made me want to go home to a level that I have not experienced in the last two weeks. But I have to get stronger and I have to get my body ready for prosthetics.

People quite often ask me if I feel like Job, or they ask me how I keep a godly attitude when God seems to have bad things happen to our family. I guess I feel that this question is the wrong question even to be asking.

Hosea 6 says...
“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.

I have had some people tell me that this sounds like a lover returning to an abusive lover. I don’t think this is farther from the truth.

To me this is an equation that equals a person suffering getting a speed pass to God‘s presence. And I feel this so directly in my own life. I almost feel that I get a double portion of God‘s presence... and I feel bad for people who don’t suffer.

I feel him so eminently that I am NEVER alone… I DON’T feel bad for myself… And I WATCH him take care of and bless my family.

That’s why, to a certain degree, I feel like the #LegsForJosh campaign has far exceeded my expectations. You have all really blessed us in such a tangible way. We have a long way to go, but God already has the victory in his hands. However he blesses us from here… Whether it is $20k, $50k or $80k, I feel so honored by His love in your blessings, I just shake my head in acknowledgment of His reckless love

I don’t want to twist arms into donating money…

But I do want to twist arms into sharing this page. Share it with your whole network and even ask your network to share it with their’s! I feel like God is present here and I am willing to bet that you agree. I want the story of the Bucks to so obviously spread His name and His renown that God is infectious in this little corner of the Internet. Thank you all so much…

Josh
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I have been keeping you “somewhat” in the loop as far as where I am and the main thing I am doing. Three days ago I transferred from Spectrum Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Yes… just several months ago I was doing chaplaincy work here, and now I am back here inpatient trying to figure out how to do life again in a new body.

There are many new challenges that I will face as a quadriplegic with bilateral leg amputation. One of these is balance. This is showcased by the fact that I fell out of my chair... flat on my face… beside the bed...last night. I thought that the staff was all going to have a cow.

I know that a patient fall is a big deal for anyone in the healthcare industry. But to see how much more amped up that they got was a bit comedic.

The second is pressure relief. One of the worst parts about being in a wheelchair is the CONSTANT pressure that sitting puts on your butt. If you aren't consistently shifting your weight on and off of your butt, you will get pressure sores on your butt (like I got on my legs). As a matter of fact, when I fell out of my wheelchair yesterday, I was doing pressure relief.

The third is simply how I move around in my wheelchair. Sometimes I lean forward and put my elbows on my knees when I am having a chat with someone. Sometimes I lean far forward to get a shirt tucked in. Sometimes I have to lean and work in crazy ways to brush my teeth.

The fourth is simple… cosmetic… and if you know me, you wouldn't hear me talk about this very often. But in 2007, I went from a 6’4" athletic goofball that went through life at mach 3 with his hair on fire, to 4’6” quadriplegic rolling mildly around in a wheelchair. This was a difficult adjustment, but one I made with lots of hard work, and knowing where my true value lies. IT IS DIFFICULT to now be the 4’6” rolling mildly around WITH NO LEGS… and here is a picture (bottom of post). Now having yet another barrier to cross before people realize that I am in a real dude, just a normal guy… is exhausting. It's a battle I don't want to fight, but I know that I have to.

These four things are actually four good reasons to get lower leg prosthetics. And that's why I am humbly asking that you support for #legsforjosh so that I can get back to living normal life in a wheelchair. Thank you so much!
God bless you!
Josh & Shelly

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
-Galatians 2:20
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