Rear-ended by Semi Truck - Survived

On August 5, 2018, Justin walked 3 miles to pick up his vehicle that he just put the rest of his savings into to fix.  Five days later, Justin was  driving back to work to cover a double shift as he often did because he's that kind of guy, when he was rear-ended at a dead stop by a 26,000 pound semi-truck going 55 miles an hour that never even hit the breaks.  The car behind him saw that the truck wasn't slowing down and got out of the way just in time but Justin didn't have time.  His car was completely smashed and he was rushed to the hospital.  By a miracle, Justin is alive.  He suffered a severe concussion, severely torn neck ligaments, and an avulsion break of his C7 in his neck but is not out of the woods yet for surgery.  He won't be able to work for at least a month, if not two, and has around the clock medical staff to assist him at home.

Justin recently went through a transition at work so he lost all of his paid time off and after dumping his savings into the car that is now totaled, he has to continue to pay off the vehicle as insurance and the company responsible for the accident is not covering that portion.  Without being able to work and no funds coming in from his new job, his biggest concern is to get another vehicle so he can at least get around when he is back on his feet, but may need some help just to get by right now.

Justin has a huge heart and would drop whatever he was doing just to help someone else in need.  He spent 2 years in the middle east before applying that knowledge back on our soil. We're so thankful that he walked away from this alive and that so many friends are by his side for the long road to recovery.

Any and all support is appreciated!!!
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Organizer and beneficiary

Stacie Bowden 
Leonard, MI
Justin Shew 

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