Fundraiser for Joe Louis Allen Jr.
JOE ALLEN JR, NEEDS OUR HELP.
This past Saturday night July 21, in George, Washington at the music venue the Gorge our friend Joe was the victim of a malicious attack. Near the end of the second set of music a man assaulted Joe with a rock to the back of his head then disappeared into the crowd. Joe was rushed to a local medical facility where he had to have pressure relieved from the swelling in his brain.
Luckily Joe is still with us, but his road to recovery will not be easy. Joe has nine staples in the back of his head from the wound. Joe is still experiencing numbness in his hands and has not yet regained the ability to walk on his own. He has a fractured skull, and he needs to do a lot of rehab at a neurological facility. As you can imagine all of this adds up and anything we can do as a community to help Joe would be greatly appreciated.
Joe is a wonderful person and loving father of four. Its been my pleasure in life to have known him for the last 35 years and I cant wait till we are dancing together again. Please help get our brother back on his feet.
Joe is currently recovering at Confluence Hospital in Wenatchee Wa.
**-**Update Wednesday July 25 10;54 am est.**-**
I spoke with Joe just moments ago as he is preparing to go into surgery this morning. They need to clear some room in his spine so that information can begin to move. Their hope is that the pains he is feeling will subside and this will help with some of his motor functions. I will post more when he is out of surgery and I have spoken with him again.
Joe wanted me to thank everyone for their kindness he definitely feels the love.
Last monday Joe moved into a rehab facility in Wenatchee. Since then he has been working hard every day for multiple hours on his rehab. He is still in pain but has begun to take a couple steps. He is feeling constant pain in his fingers up his arms to his spine. I believe he said his Ulner nerve got compressed from the incident. They wont know the end results of the damage until the swelling has gone down.
Thank everyone again for their concerns,
Joe Louis Jr.
PO Box 150284
Grand Rapids, Mi
I have not yet spoken with Joe this morning, but I did talk with our other amigo Chris who has been in direct contact with him daily. (He is the dude with the beard in the photo.) He informed me that Joe had surgery last night and today is resting. I look forward to speaking with him later today where I will have more information to share with everyone.