Will's Medical Fund
Will and his family need our help!Will is a 17 year old junior at Holly Springs High School and an employee of Harris Teeter, in Holly Springs, NC. Will is the younger brother to Shelby and Miranda, the son of Todd and Kathy Bucher, and the friend to many. He resides in Holly Glen with his family.
Last Sunday, October 9th, Will went out for a motorcycle ride and was struck by a vehicle. Will was transported to Wake Medical Center where he remains in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit. Will suffered multiple injuries, including an injury to his spinal cord, a collapsed lung, a broken collar bone and a broken wrist. He was placed on a ventilator and received 2 chest tubes. Needless to say, his family and friends are devastated.
Will and his family will need lots of support moving forward. While insurance will help with some of his medical bills, his needs will far exceed what is covered.
Current identified needs are modifications to their home and a vehicle in which to transport him. Monetary donations would also assist with gas, food and other needs as the family sees fit for Will.
Most importantly, we covet your prayers for Will's recovery.
Thank you for your willingness to help Will. Together we can make a difference.
We are thrilled to share with you all that Will returned home on Saturday afternoon, February 4th, after 3 1/2 months at The Shepard Center in Atlanta. Needless to say, his family and friends are beyond elated!
With a few modifications to their home, the Buchers are very busy caring for Will and his needs. As you can imagine, integrating back into home life and school will be challenging for Will and his family. Yes, you read that right, he went back to school today! Holly Springs High School, along with his awesome counselor Mrs. Amy Gregorio, have been incredible in facilitating his return to school.
How can you help?
1) We covet your prayers for continued healing, strength, and endurance for Will and his family.
2) There is a Meal Train set up to provide 3 meals/week through the end of April to ease the families' burden of cooking and shopping. You can access the meal train with this link: https://mealtrain.com/vvo83g
3) Will needs one more wheel chair. The Buchers installed a chair lift that will carry Will up and down the stairs. They need a chair that will sit at the top of the stairs for him to transfer to. If you know of anyone that has a chair they are willing to donate, please email me at email@example.com or Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org. The chair has to be certain kind. It can't be one that folds flat, it has to have a hard back with foot rests and no arm rests (see pic below).
Blessings to you and your family!
Two cool things I learned about Katie:
1) Katie is from Wisconsin so one could say it's a small world but I prefer to think of it as a visible example of God's providence at work; Katie gives Will a familiar friend in GA.
2) Katie will travel to NC with Will to help with Will's transition back into Holly Springs High School. I just think it is awesome that part of her job is traveling to NC to help ensure Will's transition goes well.
Speaking of transitioning back to Holly Springs, Todd and Kathy were at the Shepherd Center Saturday through Monday to get trained on "everything" as Todd called it. They are learning how to lift, move, and help Will in preparation for his return. Please note, they don't have a hard date yet but nevertheless they are getting ready for Will's return.
Will proceeded to take us on a tour of the Shepherd Center and we struggled to keep up as he can really move that wheel chair now that his arm is getting better. By the way, he went to his room safe to pull out a container with the large pins that were once in his arm. He got them out last week and he is definitely happy to have them out!
He showed us the room where he does therapy, showed us the pool, showed us the gym, and took us to the top floor to show us the view. We then made our way back to his room where Will showed us a picture of the custom wheel chair he wants as well as a mountain bike chair which he hopes to eventually get and use. Davis and I then left to give them all some family time.
To say we were prepared for all that we would see at the Shepherd Center wouldn't be accurate. The patients there are dealing with life changing events for both themselves and their families.
I continue to be amazed at Will's attitude and resolve. Yes, he has good days and bad days, he is human after all, but there is no doubt he is looking to the future. It is an honor to know him, it is an honor to witness this young man's tremendous resolve.
What can you do? First of all everyone can continue to pray for Will's healing and also offer prayers for Will's family (father Todd, mother Kathy, siblings Shelby and Miranda). The Holly Springs community has done so much through Meg Smiles, Holly Springs BBQ Company, The Family Farm, Holly Springs Run Club and the amazing Derek Fox, and all those who have donated meals, money, and prayers.
There will be more to do upon Will's return but I ask you in the interim to fill his mailbox with Christmas Cards, letters, and notes of encouragement.
c/o Shepherd Center
2020 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA. 30309
May you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May we all see Will soon!
My prayers have been with Will and your family! - Derek Fox's mom
Will and your family has been in our prayers! We think about him everyday and send strength and hugs to all of you.
So glad to read this! I miss seeing him in Harris Teeter.