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Please Help Jon!

Although he is making steady improvement, Jon faces a long road to recovery. He’s determined and working hard to overcome his limitations but there is a financial burden that could curtail his progress. Thanks to the efforts of my brother Mike and good friend Jon Cournan, a fundraiser has been established for Jon.

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April 3, 2018

Two weeks to go until Jon comes home. I think we are all ready at this point. Shepherd has been wonderful for him and we intend to come back in the future. For now we will seek rehab in Pittsburgh, likely at the UPMC spinal cord center. We are also setting up a Home therapy gym of sorts.

Thanks to so many generous donors we are able to obtain high end equipment that is vital for him to continue to make progress. For instance the standing frame allows him to stand for an hour a day which helps with blood pressure and bone density as well as to help send signals to the spinal cord from the feet (see photo album: pictured with Jon is his outpatient therapist also named Jonathan!).

The FES bike (see photo album) is an amazing machine. It pedals for him and electrodes are places on each muscle. As it pedals it fires each muscle in sequence provide exercise. It also measures when the muscle pushes on its own. On Friday Jon had good measurement of leg push so we hope this will continue to stimulate improvement. Christopher Reeves started to regain movement in his arms after using the version for the upper body.

These, among other equipment will cost in excess of $20,000. His shower wheelchair alone costs $2200 and is not covered by insurance.

He has also exhausted his therapy benefits for the year so additional therapy will be out of pocket.

February 22, 2018

From 2/14/2018

Graduation from Inpatient Day!!

Jon is now officially an outpatient at Shepherd. We moved all of his stuff over to the apartment and are in the midst of trying to get it organized. Tomorrow he goes through orientation and evaluation for this next phase. His inpatient team (pictured here) were fantastic.

As part of his celebration he received multiple “awards” including:

* the “Helmet Head Award” – for whacking his head on multiple objects as he flopped about doing PT.

* the “Jonathan Time Award” – for running on his own time schedule

* the “No Mercy Award” – for not giving an inch in playing Blokus during OT

* a couple awards related to his story telling and knowledge of all genres of music

* and my favorite the “Big Brother Award”. He was one of the older patients on his floor. Many others are just teenagers and he was lauded for taking the time to get to know and help all of them. Brian his PT said they all looked up to Jon.

Every day there is a little improvement but it’s such a long process. Please pray for his next stage of rehab.

His new address is:

Jonathan Wherry
WFRC #310
c/o Shepherd Center
2020 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

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April 16, 2018

Jonathan and Family, the show of support with this campaign is a testament to the good people you are to all who know and love you. Your faith and determination is an unbelievable inspiration! We join your fellow prayer warriors during your journey forward-it is filled with faith, love, and perseverance.

John and Shannon Adcock

April 11, 2018

So proud of your recovery so far and wishing you all the best as it continues! Mark, Betsy & Anna Spring

Mark & Betsy Spring

April 7, 2018

You're an inspiration Jon.

Keith Bittel

April 6, 2018

We love you Jonathan, and pray for your continued recovery. You are an amazing person with such strength and courage. We are so very proud of you.

Lucy & Jim Trogolo