To Our Friends,
Our dear friend, Bill Wellock, was in a traumatic, life-altering accident in July that left him paralyzed from the waist down. A tree fell on him while he was riding his bike, trying to get to shelter as a fast-moving storm approached. Along with his spinal cord injury, he sustained sixteen fractured ribs and a fractured sternum; he is among the “5 percent” that his cardiac surgeon stated survives repair of a dissected aorta. Bill will have life-long medical needs and is trying to regain strength through rehabilitation therapy.
Bill, a Philadelphia native, has been a long-time resident of Wyomissing, a respected employee at Carpenter Technology, an active member of Sacred Heart parish, an alumnus of Cardinal O’Hara High School, The Catholic University of America and Villanova University. He, Ann, and their three sons all share a love of the outdoors and a sense of commitment to participate in their community and school activities.
One thing that has helped the Wellock family during the past months has been the support they have received from their community, friends, family, co-workers, and so many others. Thank you for reaching out to the Wellocks to show your support! It is greatly appreciated.
Many of you have asked how you can help. Bill is determined to return to a productive work life. This will require major adjustments in light of his physical limitations and medical complications. Extensive rehab services, modifications to his home and transportation accommodations will be needed, all of which are extremely expensive and will have to be paid out-of-pocket.
To assist Bill and Ann with these expenses, a fundraising campaign in Bill’s honor has been established with HelpHOPELive (formerly NTAF), a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for nearly 30 years. In 2000, they expanded their mission to include those who have sustained a catastrophic injury. All contributions are tax deductible, are held by HelpHOPELive in the Mid-Atlantic Spinal Cord Injury Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for Bill’s injury-related expenses only. To make a donation:Sincerely,
Friends of Bill Wellock Committee
Walter & Kate Banta Ken & Paula Christian
Denny & Judy Direnzo Andy & Jane Farella
John & Ellen Feeney Leo & Kelly Fontana
Jim & Cathy Gallagher Mike & Mary Anne Gaza
Mike Hajost Jerry & Christine Helinek
Scott & Angel Helm Ellen Horan
Jim & Jan Loomis Joe & Meg Lutes
Tim & Maureen McDonough Harry & Liz McMunigal
Mike & Kathy Napolitano Steve & Loni Pottieger
Pat & Meg Shields Mike & Tiffany Sergi
John & Patty Tschiderer Pete & Lizanne Zaleski
October 8, 2013
IM ABLE duathalon
Something to marvel about: In September 2012, Bill was just starting his rehab, barely able to do a wrist curl with a 2-pound weight. On a beautiful, sunny, Sunday, September 8th, he participated in the IM ABLE Foundation duathalon and biked approximately 10 miles with a hand-crank bike! Check out the website www.imablefoundation.org for pictures.
Thank you to Carpenter Technology for sponsoring a fund-raiser for adaptive equipment or a hand bike. Thanks to Billy and Gretchen Kaag for making a great team and THANKS TO ALL for cheering Bill on!
October 8, 2013
Update – September 2013
Since Bill arrived home in October of 2012 he has gained remarkable strength, continues with therapy, had plastic surgery on his heels (which are now healed!). We have made modifications to our home – THANK YOU to all involved with the project!
Also, in May of 2013, he returned to work on a part-time basis! A wonderful accomplishment. Showing more endurance – hurrah!
Next on the list, returning to driving and modifying a car. We are very grateful to all who have helped us along the journey.
As we reflect on all the people who have helped, we can’t thank you all enough.
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April 12, 2016
My maiden name is Wellock and that's how I came across your site. (Maybe we're related?) Just want you to know that I am praying for you from Arlington, Texas. Keep the Faith and Love Always, Sheila
Rev. Sheila (Wellock) Fiorella
October 26, 2013
You're attitude is amazing! Really all that I can say. I'm completely humbled. Definitely an inspiration to us all. Stay strong!
October 8, 2013
Bill, I can't say that I know you, although I do recognize your last name from St Dots. I wish you all the best and may a miracle be in your future.
Tad White, St Dots, '71
October 8, 2013
Dear Bill & Ann, Just sent a donation to HELPHOPELIVE. Please let us know how we can help make a difference. Jackie keeps us posted on your progress through Billy !
George & Maryann Combs/Wyomissing