Trees from Troy

Two years ago, Troy was involved in a bicycle accident that left him nearly paralyzed. One week later, it was discovered that he had developed blood clots in his lungs from the trauma and was admitted to the ICU. In total, debt from the accident was $75,000. Troy and his wife Amanda barely made it financially through his extensive recovery process. A year later, their home was flooded and the rebuild process has been arduous at best. A year later, it is yet to be finished and problems continue to arise. 

This summer, nearly two years after the accident, it was discovered that Troy had a rather large bone fragment from accident trapped in his foot that needed to be removed. A victim of company downsizing, Troy was laid off from his job for nearly 6 weeks. He is recovering from the surgery still and is unable to work.

Two days before his surgery, his wife and he had a beautiful baby girl named Nola. So now this becomes a family struggle. Both Troy and Amanda want to provide the very best for her and need to get back on their feet.

The insurmountable debt that his family incurred from the accident makes it hard to move forward. It would be easy for him to fall apart and be depressed, especially when he told me he still has nightmares about the accident. When asked about the accident, he said “I stopped and asked do I want to be remembered as the guy that hit hard times and fell apart, or the guy that was too strong to stay down when life pushed him?" Troy is choosing to get up and keep getting up. But his situation is dire.

Troy has never asked for something for nothing. With each donation, you can receive a truly one of a kind wire tree sculpture handmade by Troy himself. With the same hands that were thrown from the handlebars of a bike,  the same hands that supported him on crutches for months, the same hands that helped to rebuild his house, and the same hands that now cradle his tiny baby Nola. 

He hardly ever even asks for help, but very few in this world accomplishes something big without at least a little help from somewhere. Thank you for taking the time to read this touching story. We hope that by standing together we can rise above this most difficult challenge.


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Troy Desselles 
Greensboro, NC
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