The car has been running well most of the year now, with a new door motor installed recently. I have ben going to work in Norwood nearly every day in 2015, and have been running some Six Sigma classes along the way this year. Elizabeth & I took a couple of trips this summer, to Vermont for a wedding and to Deleware for a Tufts reunion. Just recently (October) we went to Philadelphia for a CertainTeed get-together for long service employees, touring the city and having some fun. I am also still going to Journey Forward for exercise/rehab work whenever possible.
Dec 10, 2014
John sends a "thank-you" letter to the editor of his local Foxboro newspaper.......... 11/16/14
To my friends from Foxboro & beyond:
It’s been a little over a year since this newspaper ran a story about how my family and I have learned to cope with a new set of challenges due to a spinal cord injury from a skiing accident in January of 2013. I wanted to give you a little update about my progress and say “thanks” to some of the many people who have made our lives easier in so many ways. Thank you to our neighbors, the Millers and Ciullas for the many meals you brought us, and for teaming up with my brother in law, Rich Hollis, to build a complete ramp system in our back yard so I can easily enter the house on my own. Thank you to Jim and Pat Evans for your non-stop support of Elizabeth & me; you continue to be amazing friends. I also have to thank three special friends from Foxboro, (who probably prefer to remain anonymous) George, Tony and Karen, who have made regular donations to our fundraiser since it was established, which is incredible! A special thanks to my sister in law Trisha Murphy for being there whenever we needed something, from food to haircuts to the many rides you gave me to Journey Forward. I know Elizabeth also appreciates your being there for us so often despite your own busy schedule. I have returned to work full time and am now able to drive there myself thanks in large part to all of you who have donated to our fundraiser at HelpHopeLive.org. Your generous donations made it possible for us to modify a slightly used Nissan Pathfinder with hand gas/brake controls that also pulls my wheelchair in & out of the car automatically. The modifications alone cost over $30K and everyone’s generosity covered this entire expense! I have recovered feeling to a substantial part of both legs, have a little bit of muscle movement, and am going to a specialized exercise rehab facility in Canton named Journey Forward, which was recently featured on The Today Show. The program, which specializes in spinal cord injuries, offers individualized training sessions using state of the art equipment and techniques not available in the traditional physical therapy setting. Unlike many injuries, the recovery from a spinal cord injury can take years and in many cases is a lifelong “journey.” The staff at Journey Forward recognizes this and really helps with both the physical & mental aspects of recovery. Unfortunately, this rehab program is not covered by medical insurance, which means we have to try to cover the cost of nearly $2,000/month ourselves. Thankfully, up until recently, this cost has been covered in part by your generous donations. I truly cannot begin to express how grateful I am for all the help and support everyone has given Elizabeth and me since my injury occured. Your kind words and prayers have definitely helped speed my recovery. This town serves as a constant reminder of how lucky I am to have such a wonderful wife and family behind me, and to be blessed with so many friends in this wonderful community. Again, to my family and friends in Foxboro and beyond, thank you.
Sincerely, John F. Hardy
Nov 19, 2014
The Journey Forward Spinal Cord exercised rehab program I am attending, which is based in Canton, Ma. was recently featured on the Today show. Below is a brief story & link to a 3 minute video if...
Sep 24, 2014
I am back to the Journey Forward exercise/Rehab program now that the presure sores are mostly gone.
I have entered a couple of new pictures of my Nissan Pathfinder SUV showing the wheelchair...
Dec 18, 2013
I have received and been using the standing frame machine for several weeks now. It helps to have this standing position for bone strengthening, circulation benefits, and all around fitness.
Oct 11, 2013
Visited our favorite agency on Monday, 10/07, the Massachusetts Dept. of Motor Vehicles (aka "the Registry"). Such fun!
Anyway had to take a complete new driving test like when we were...
Sep 14, 2013
The Foxboro Reporter - "Still Blessed" Still Blessed
By Frank Mortimer
A few days after John Hardy slammed into a tree while skiing, a rescuer from the Mount Snow ski patrol told his family...
Sep 02, 2013
Standing Frame -Rehab equipment We are looking to purchase a standing frame; looking at a Brand/ model called Evolv-Glider which was recommended by Journey Forward. The purpose of this piece of...
Sep 02, 2013
Returning to work @ CertainTeeed As of July 1st, I started back to work with the full support of my colleagues & superiors. Working mostly from home in my office, I am able to do all the non-travel...