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One of the intensive therapy programs available to John is a machine called the Lokomat. It is basically a robotic machine that helps a person walk again if there is any movement in the lower extremities. It has a 76% success rate of patients walking again. He started getting movement in his toes and started on this machine three weeks ago. It is recommended that he continue this for up to a year. This machine is not covered once his insurance time is up. This is his best chance to regain the ability to walk again.
To help with the financial burden of John’s uninsured expenses, a fundraising campaign in his honor has been established with HelpHOPELive, a trusted nonprofit organization.
His wish is to remain in the Air Force and continue to be a fellow airman and if at all possible to some how go toward the fire again. If anyone knows the heart of a fireman you know that they are the most selfless people in our lives. We are fortunate to have our Air Force family, our close friends at home and even strangers who have given us support and strength from the beginning.
If you would like information on locomotive therapy you can find it on the Christopher Reeves Foundation site: www.christopherreeve.org
So the latest update is that John will be going to Chicago to compete in the Warrior Games representing the Air Force in shooting, track and field. These games can be seen on ESPN during June 30-July 9. He remains active duty and waits to be discharged to start the next chapter in his life. He continues to go to therapy and walks with walker and leg stimulation during these sessions. He has found ways to continue to do the things he loved. He is water board surfing, fishing and even dancing in his chair. The majority of the time is good but there are days that are not and the roller coaster is not a fun ride. With the support of our friends and the Air Force Wounded Warrior family we get thru those days and move forward. Thank you Help Hope Live for the continued support and resources to live life to the fullest.
Wow, I can't believe it has almost been a year since I posted anything. Where has the year gone. John has been busy living life and being involved with Air Force Wounded Warrior adaptive sports camps. We have been to Florida, Tacoma and will be heading to DC on November 13th. He continues to walk with electrical stimulation and a walker and help from his therapist. He continues to move forward and hasn't lost any of his abilities. He will be starting back to three days a week of therapy after a fun summer in New Hampshire and Tacoma. John was honored to receive the Live Award from Help Hope Live this past September. He wants everyone to know that he doesn't want pity and that he will make fun of you if you pity him. He makes it a point to always smile when out in public to make sure people know that those with disabilities are happy and living life and that we should be happy too those of us who are not disabled. John is waiting to be discharged from the military so he can start back to school and wants to work toward being a counselor.
It is fast approaching two years since John's accident. He continues to make progress so we are still hopeful for more. He is walking with arm crutches and leg stimulators in therapy. Involved with adaptive sports thru the Shepherd center and Air Force Wounded Warrior. He is able to lift weights 65 lb bench press so far without any adaptive equipment. Hand cycling and even water sports. Stay positive and never give up hope. Keep the faith. Love to all.
As we enter a new year I wanted to update John's progress. He is now taking steps with a device and using his own strength and nerve input to move his legs. This is huge. We are still hopeful he will walk. Even more encouraging is that John is still hopeful he will walk. We would not be here without your generous outpouring of love and support. This journey to walk again takes so much time and therapy. He has gotten more use of his hands. In the beginning he was not able to make himself any type of meals. He now can make a sandwich and eggs in the microwave. While writing this it seems so simple but when you break it down you have to be able to open a jar of mayonnaise and the lunch meat container or jar of peanut butter and jelly. This was an impossible task before. These small achievements give him his independence back. John continues to go to therapy three days a week. He spends time with friends. He is learning to live a new normal life. He is hunting, wake surfing, biking and we even went skydiving for his 25th birthday. Keep posted as I will be updating the day he walks. We are forever indebted to your help in reaching this goal. I have posted some updated video and pictures.
Hello to everyone. It has been a busy one year and I wanted to give an update. The one year anniversary was one of mixed emotions. John has made tremendous progress but continues to work at being able to walk again. He has not given up and goes to therapy three days a week. He is able to stand with a walker without help and is able to knee crawl using a device in his therapy sessions.He is able to leg press over 100 pounds and was also able to ride a stationary bike without someone pushing his legs. The OT that he has been getting for his hands is very tedious and slow and what seems to be small progress in the big picture has made him more independent in life. He has gained more mobility in his hands and is working on gaining more strength to grip and hold things. Most of his time is still devoted to therapy and is hard for him to move forward with anything else at the moment. He is still active duty and the Air Force has been so supportive and encouraging. His commanders that were with him at the time of the accident have stayed by his side during this whole time. The donations given to John on this site have made a world of difference in his ability to make progress and become independent. During our journey we have seen the unfortunate outcome of those without the funds or facilities to move forward and make progress. There is not enough thanks we could give to show you our appreciation. His friends have made it possible for him to spend time at their homes and adapted what needs to be adapted to keep him involved. We are doing some more renovations to our home this month so that he has more room to get around and be outside on the back porch. As it is now we don't have room for his at home therapy devices or a way for him to be outside. We have had some fun this summer. He went tubing while in Maine this July and skydiving for his birthday in June. He did some scuba diving training at Shepherd and hopes to get his certification once therapy sessions slow down. I have added some new pictures from the summer. He doesn't need me to go to therapy with him anymore so I don't get to do picture updates. Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes. I will post an update on any new progress.
John and his family and friends are participating in a fundraiser to help others have an opportunity to get therapy. If you would like to help with this event. go to the walkrunand roll 5k cumming GA and register. The event is June 14th. Register under Team John and we could win 1000 hrs which he wants to donate to a friend in need.
John is continuing to make good progress. All of this is because of your kindhearted donations. Every day we feel blessed that we have the opportunity to get John walking again. He has been able to ride a stationary bike independently in the past few weeks. He continues to work hard five days a week. His video of riding the bike is on the link provided. He has also found time for fun and continues to have an amazing spirit to fight.
Just an update on our past few days. We have been in Mobile, Alabama with the Independence Fund on a bike ride. This was his first ride on an incumbent bike and we all did 18.5 miles. It went great and we will be doing more. If you want to be a part of an amazing fundraising group for veterans there will be a ride in September in Charleston for the Lt Dan Weekend. The Indy Fund does amazing things for our veterans. If you want to see John ride you can see him on the tumblr link: lemoinerecovery.tumblr.com. Your help has gotten him to this point. Keep posted for more happy times.
Over the past seven months we have been blessed with an outpouring of love and support. Every one of you have helped us meet our goal for John's continued therapy and we can't thank you enough. We have all learned so much about ourselves and the goodness of people. John has a continued long road ahead of him and will have many obstacles along the way that we can't even prepare for. These donations will allow him to strengthen his ability to walk again and meet those financial challenges. We are continuing to keep his campaign open to help him prepare for his future and work as long as possible to reach his goal of walking. Some people reach this goal in six months and some in two years. We don't know which one of these it will take for John. While being able to continue the Lokomat he has also been exposed to new technologies that are showing promise at Shepherd Spinal and Project Walk Atlanta. If you would like to see some of his progress he has made you can see him on the Project Walk Atlanta Facebook site. Thank you in advance for continued support and bless you all
John has started additional therapy at Project Walk Atlanta.This is a spinal cord rehab facility located in our area. We are so blessed to have these facilities. Thanks to your generous donations he is able to add more therapy to his already busy schedule at Shepherd. We are finally seeing some improvement with the lokomat therapy. Last week he was able to participate 35% with his own effort and this week he was able to 50%. This means the machine does 50% of the work and John does the rest. A little spark of improvement goes a long way. He is also able to have a hand massage therapist specializing in spinal cord injuries work with his hands and loosen up those extremely tight muscles.
Unable to load videos to picture site. Will try and upload to the lemoinerecovery.tumblr.com site. Password is john in lower case.
John will begin using this device starting next week to gain better use of his hands. youtu.be
New photos added.
Hope everyone had a blessed Christmas. It was so good to be home with our entire family. John has been working very hard at Shepherd and is making more progress. His hands are moving better with the help of some new medication and his bionic hand machines he uses at home. They have a long way to go to be able to function with less concentration and clumsiness. A special Christmas gift that was given to me from him was a hand written note. He hasn't written anything since July so it had an extra special meaning. We go back to Augusta on January 7th for his six week check up from the VA.
Happy Thanksgiving. We are home and so grateful that our family is together as we came very close to losing one. Thanks to the amazing medical team that saved our son and the team that has gotten him to where he is now. You all have a special place in our lives and we are forever grateful. This week has been a time to figure out life at home and get settled in. Intense therapy starts again on Monday. Bless you all and hold your family close.
We are going home this Friday. New adjustments and routines to figure out. Thankful to be home with the rest of our family for the holidays. Bless everyone for your prayers and donations. John still has many hours of therapy ahead and is anxious to start his new work out routines. Keep him your prayers. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Mike and I had the privilege of having a military family early on in our marriage and their support and friendship was strong 23 years ago and has lasted all this time. We have also been blessed to be in a unique family for the past 20 years (you know who you are) and even though we are all spread out across the world your support and generosity have touched our hearts and we know that you have our backs. Thank you all for everything.
I am sitting here on this beautiful afternoon in Augusta GA reading such words of encouragement and they bring tears to my eyes. Such outpouring of love and words of strength. I hope you all know how much this means to us. Bless you all!
John is in his 4th month of therapy and seems to be at the prime of his progress. Thank you all for your support during this time and please keep your prayers and thoughts coming. It means so much. He has a lot more to work on and strengthen and still needs your support. We are hoping to go home in the next week if Shepherd has on open slot for him to return to. If not we will stay here at the VA and continue therapy until a slot is available. Keep posted for new videos and fundraising events.
FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN NOW GOING ON IS FROM BOOK SALE PROCEEDS BEING DONATED IN JOHN'S HONOR.
YOU CAN ORDER BOOK ON THE COUNTRY PREACHER.NET WEB SITE. OR SEE HIS PAGE ON FACEBOOK UNDER THE COUNTRY PREACHER. THANK YOU.
These are new videos of John's progress this week at the VA.
Password is john. All lower case.
Hi John, so glad to see your perseverance and every picture is of you smiling. Your attitude and effort have inspired so many people and will continue to do so as you continue to conquer new goals. Keep up the hard work! Derek Ferland, Col, USAF (retired)
Dear John your story was one of the first person I read from ..The lords says to me always never give up ..I lost my baby cousin one year ago David Joe he was 25 he had been robbed by two younger men one of them shot him in his c5c6 ..Three men in a moment of seconds lost there lives ..He is an angel..Ive lost my lungs from a chemical leak diminishing lilxlil ..Im writing to you from my hospital room with a lil lung bug ..The lord always somewhere I hear never give up .He will restore your life and multiply it ..i got to go now I have a purpose to pray
It's been inspiring to follow your progress on social media. Your determination and perseverance are impressive are a great example for me.
I'm glad I had the opportunity to get to know you and play lacrosse together. You're the best goalie I ever played with, and maybe the best I ever played against. I still don't understand how you saved some of my shots during practices. Your enthusiasm for the game and energetic, bright demeanor made you a fun teammate.
Keep fighting the good fight, brother.
On the Lax field you were always powerful, determined and a fighter. I know those qualities are going to help you walk one day soon!
“It doesn’t matter how many say it cannot be done or how many people have tried it before; it’s important to realize that whatever you’re doing, it’s your first attempt at it.“
Prayers are with you and your family everyday.
God be with you John, Always keep faith and know the God will get you threw this time of need. This is when we refer to "Footprints in the Sand".
I read the story and am so sorry to hear about your accident. I will keep you in my prayers for a complete recovery.
I read your story and we have talked briefly. You are such an inspiration and I admire all your strength.
You are a blessing! :)
We are praying for your full recovery. Both you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers throughout the coming year. Hang in there and keep the faith. We are two of many well wishers out here who know your parents.
Frank & Judy Graziano
John, we are continuing our prayers and see your progress every week. Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring all good things for you. Aunt Michelle
John, you are making tremendous progress. Your faith and perseverance are inspiring. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family as you continue to make great strides.
Scott and Kristen Paulling
John, don't surrender. Each day is cumulative. This will be behind you one day. Very best wishes for a speedy return to active duty. It will happen.
Oliver G. Halle
Your courage is inspiring. Best of luck to you and your family as you continue your amazing recovery.
Kim and Mark, (FBI CIRG - Retired)
I am praying for you John!! With God All Things Are Possible!! Just believe. It looks like you have made such amazing progress already! KEEP IT UP! I know you will. :)
I'm praying for you man I know you're gonna bounce back! If you could bounce back from the ankle injury of TLHE park football I know you got this!
Your courage and strength is an inspiration to us all. You WILL be strong again, and have shown us all what real strength and courage is about. Keep up the great progress.
Patrick and Sharon Bull
Thank you for your service to our country. Godspeed!
Stan - FBI New York
I am praying for John's full recovery. I am proud to make a donation to assist with his recovery.
John - keep strong and have faith. Know that you can do it. All the best.
Max M - FBI Headquarters
You go John!!! I have seen this technology up close as in my retirement I am the Foundation Chair for Helen Hayes Hospital In NY and wehave it along with a host of other great programs to help patients who have similar injuries. I want to help and along with my donation is my pledge to assit in any way at this hospital ,as well.
You have youth and the fact that you are in good shpe going for you and all of us who are praying for you.
Hilda A Kogut
Go John! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please continue to have the perserverance to reach your goals!
Michele- retired FBI, mother of a volunteer firefighter, sister of 2 Marines
John- wishing you a speedy recovery and all the best with your rehab!
Kathleen- FBI Philadelphia
Wishing you a speeding recovery!
J. - FBI Seattle
John and family. It is our prayer that our kids be healthy and safe. Never give up!
You have courage that I have rarely seen. First, thank you for your service to our country. Being a veteran is an honor to be proud of all your life. Second, WOW, you are an inspiration to this old man. You will accomplish every thing you attempt. My family and I will keep you in our prayers daily. Keep up the good work, keep the faith and may God bless you and your wonderful family.
Bill Pitts, Retired SA -Colulmbia,SC
John - From the FBI in Lufkin, Texas, praying for your continued progress and recovery. Such courage!
John and Family- your story touched me as I also have a son named John and in awe of your courage in this challenging situation. Our love and support are with you and do not ever give up....ever! God bless.
John, how do you remain so gorgeous in recovery mode? Tyler just shared your news and we're all in prayer! Sean is very concerned; just home from deployment and WTB at Ft Beginning. Love you John. Keeping you, Lori, Mike, and Caytlin in our prayers.
I am praying, Lori and have been.
love to you, Sandy
Keep the faith and stay tough, John. You can do it. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
John we continue to pray for you in your recovery. We know that this must be terribly difficult for you, but we are sure that you continue to fight on and keep a good attitude. We look forward to seeing you at home soon!
John and Janet Crowers and family
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