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Save the date! Love. Live. Give. is May 10, 2019!

As many of you already know, on Saturday, March 15, 2014, Libby experienced a traumatic car accident which left her with a C5, C6 spinal cord injury.

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March 21, 2019

Hello everyone! March 2019

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the Fifth Annual Love.Live.Give. Fundraiser in
support of Libby Judge. We are happy to report that thanks to all of your love and generous
contributions, Libby continues to make good rehabilitative progress despite enduring many medical
setbacks along the way.

It has been five years since the Ides of March 2014 when Libby suffered her life altering accident. On
her recent anniversary, she commented that no one baked her a cake, sent her a gift, flowers or an
anniversary card! Some things will never change though as Libby still seeks the humor in situations.
The following is a condensed recap of her last year. Libby compares it to being on a seesaw – there
were many ups and downs.

Since Libby and her husband, Joe, have six grandchildren, five boys and one little girl, they spend
many weekends on the sidelines of baseball, football and basketball games cheering for them. In
particular this past year, their daughter Christy’s boys, Hayden (14) and Ryan (13) played on the same
CYO basketball team together. Their games were always very exciting to watch and Libby was so
proud of her grandchildren! She has said there were numerous times that she wanted to jump out of
her wheelchair in the midst of all of the excitement!

Although Libby’s other daughter, Carolyn’s two children, Hudson (3) and Charlotte, aka Charley (1)
are too young to play sports, they visit Libby weekly. Hudson practices on the drum set that Libby
and Joe now regret giving him for Christmas! And Charley acts as if she is in charge of their
household while she is there. 🙂

Alas, there is life beyond sports. Christy’s youngest son, Mason, entered first grade, joining two of his
older brothers at school. Also, last spring Ryan received his Confirmation and Logan received his
First Communion. Libby is very proud of their many accomplishments and she is so grateful that she
is able to be a part of them.

Libby tries to stay in touch with her many wonderful friends. This year she saw almost every movie
nominated for an Oscar. She foresees a future career as a movie critic. Libby greatly enjoys her
involvement with a weekly women’s bible study group, Walking With Purpose, at Saint Monica’s. She
loves the women she has met there. Also, with Spring around the corner, Libby is looking forward to
resuming strolls in the Park with her walking buddies. She tries to be considerate and not wear
them out. In the past, they have had a difficult time keeping up with her power wheelchair! She
never seems to tire of seeing and being with her friends and ardent supporters. She truly
appreciates all of their love and support.

Unfortunately, one of the many side effects of Libby’s spinal cord injury is severe muscle spasms that
frequently occur throughout her body. These spasms are quite debilitating, extremely painful and
exhausting at times. Thus, Libby opted to have a Baclafen pump implanted in her body. Instead of
taking the maximum dose of the oral medication, this pump disperses a fraction of the amount
directly into her spinal cord, bypassing the brain, liver and kidneys. Post surgery, she spent ten days
rehabilitating at her home away from home, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. Upon completion of her
rehab, Libby acquired a viral upper respiratory infection and a UTI which sent her to Thomas
Jefferson University Hospital for many days of treatment. It is a wonder how Libby perseveres
through these medical challenges and setbacks.

In December 2018, Libby was finally able to resume physical therapy at Bryn Mawr Rehab. Shortly
afterwards though, she gradually began to feel weaker and weaker. In the beginning of February
2019, she was admitted again to the “The Hotel Jefferson”, a nickname that she and Joe have given to
the hospital. Libby’s sodium levels were dangerously low and another UTI was present. She stayed
at TJUH for six days receiving treatment.

Currently, Libby is gradually regaining the strength that she needs to get around. She is optimistic
that she will be on the sidelines of her grandsons’ little league baseball field on Opening Day!
As 2019 gets underway, Libby’s medical and rehabilitation bills continue to accumulate. Please
know that the money that is raised for Libby’s fund provides tremendous assistance in offsetting
the enormous costs of the necessary aides, physical therapy and the unforeseen expenses that
occur due to unexpected illnesses and/or emergencies. Your generous contributions to this fund
are greatly appreciated by Libby and her family since these expenses are much greater than what
Libby’s health insurance covers.

With much love and gratitude,
The Judge Family

March 12, 2019

May 10, 2019! Save the date!

We’ve just announced the date for our 6th Annual Love. Live. Give. fundraiser: Friday, May 10. Please keep an eye on your inbox for details on registration, bidding, and more.

If you’d like to contribute ahead of the event, please feel free to click the big gold Give button right on this page. Donations are tax deductible and fully accountable.

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Guestbook

May 15, 2019

We love you, Libby. You are an insipiration to us all. Thank you.

Marley Dolente

May 15, 2019

Much love from the Flaherty-Caproni family!

Patricia Caproni

May 15, 2019

Sending prayer and strength to Libby!! Love, Kerry and Bill Wiley

Kerry Wiley

May 15, 2019

Go Libby!

Christina Watson