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Josh's biggest fight yet

$11,900 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 83 people in 4 months
Created December 20, 2017
Tara Wustner
on behalf of Josh Whitney Dawkins Rupard

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Saturday, December 16th, Josh was leaving the Leilani Heights neighborhood in Jensen Beach on his motorcycle when a small animal ran out in front of him. As he swerved he slid and collided with the wooden guardrail.

He is currently in critical condition in ICU. His left lung is practically mush and not functional, after 3 days of fighting to take in every breath his doctors decided to sedate him and put him on a ventilator to allow his body to rest. He has 8 broken ribs, a broken clavicle and scapula which he will need to have surgery on to have metal plates placed when he is medically stable. It's likely he has lost the function of his left arm.

Josh and Whit have a large deductible that is due to restart in January so they will be hit with not one but two very large deductibles. Josh has a very long journey ahead of him and many have asked what they can do to help. Please consider helping them by alleviating some of this financial burden through this difficult time.

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A letter from Josh:


Hey Everybody.

This is Josh typing tonight!!!

You all are amazing and I hope this entire message reaches each and every one of you.


I apologize in advance for the spelling and grammer errors...can only use one hand, (not that it would be any better with two), lol.


I received some disappointing news earlier this afternoon. I was really trying to get out of this hospital today but they were not able to get everything staffed for home-care, antibiotic administration through our insurance prior to the holiday and I suppose there was some concern about infection, so it looks like ill be going home Tuesday.


Whitney and other family and/or friends have read me a few of your posts in between all the poking and prodding going on... Whitney and many others have read them all and I apologize that this is the first time I have read them all.


After the somewhat disappointing news Whitney and I decided to read ALL the comments, Today from Whitneys journal posts. Apparently, I lost track of time a bit as I did not realize until reading today that I had been in here since the 15th, the first thing I remember is yanking out tubes on the 24th.


Reading her journals and your comments has been the most moving experience that I have ever had. I assure you that after many, many happy tears; I am happily writing this with a huge smile on my face. Feeling great, strong and knowing that its over and I made it through., (because of you. Because you all reminded me who I am).


The strength that you all have given to me, especially tonight is not measurable.. I have always believed that everything happens for a reason.


I believe that since I feel so much better physically, God gave me one more test...

deciding to test how I could handle the change in discharge date from today to Tuesday. Another three days in this hospital...despite being fine and cleared by the doctors, fine and ready to go be with my family, missing another holiday with my family.


Because of you I already passed this test with flying colors. This was frustrating news until I read all of your thoughts, prayers, support your encouragement of me that has pulled me through this final rough spot. I have been feeling better and better….stronger and stronger. I can recall so many characteristics that you used to encourage and describe me through your words in your comments, that you knew would pick me up: FIGHTER, BULL, CRAZY, SMILING... its a long list. Coach Donnie and Buddy used to hate when I would take more punishment than needed in the ring instead of just going down. Thank coach Donnie, Buddy and ALL of my friends and family for recognizing that quality in me and in me and helping me call on it when its REALLY needed.


I can not emphasize enough the importance of your words and support of every kind, especially the strength that reading your comments has given me this evening.


Please rest assure that I am strong, the hard part is over and I am eager to face the future, eager and excited to fight to get back to normal. 


I promise to reach out to each and every one of you individually to thank you for your support


Thanks for Anyonymous who sent me this video that I have watched 100 times, https://youtu.be/mgmVOuLgFB0 (this really helped me).
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I'm sorry for not updating for a few days, my family has been plagued by the stomach virus so Christmas was spent couch ridden and yesterday was spent cleaning.

For those that do not know but want to stay current, Whitney created a caringbridge page to stay up to date on Josh's progress: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/joshrupard

But all in all Josh is good! I'll try to summarize so I don't over repeat for those that follow both sites but surgery went great! Way longer than expected, I know I wasn't the only one a ball of nerves all day.

My mom called me that evening which I assumed was for an update but guess who was on the other line? Josh! Not hours after surgery and extubation and he's making phone calls. He didn't talk for long, but I didn't expect him to, however he has been chatting ever since and loves hearing from people so feel free to call!

I'm amazed at his strength and positive attitude. He's had a few set backs with one of his chest tubes being accidently pulled out but he is doing way better than any of us expected!

A few facts he shared with me yesterday:

1. He has over 20 lbs of steel metal in his body!

2. His ribs were in 64 pieces

3. He wanted to be sure to share the picture from Old School Boxing, that photo really made his day.

I still don't know much about the status of his arm, he may need to see a specialist that is based out of Miami who focuses on the brachioplexus nerve but considering where he's at from where he was last week we are counting our blessings!
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What an amazing group of friends and family we have rallying for Josh! He went into surgery this morning, please continue to keep him and his family in your prayers and we will share an update as it comes ❤️ wishing you all a Merry Christmas
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I cannot begin to express my gratitude to everyone who has donated, shared, and/or sent such kind words and prayers so far. In just a few days, we have gotten 1/4 of the way to our goal. Please continue to share, pray, and if you can, donate. I know this is an expensive time of year and I cannot thank everyone enough for their generosity. Josh is scheduled for surgery Christmas Eve, please continue to keep him and his family in your prayers.
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$11,900 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 83 people in 4 months
Created December 20, 2017
Tara Wustner
on behalf of Josh Whitney Dawkins Rupard
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