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August 13, 2015 is a day the Barber family will never forget. Their son and brother Joe, who was 18 at the time, suffered a life-changing spinal cord injury while diving into the water at the beach near their home on the Connecticut shore. Joe suffered a C-5 injury and is now paralyzed from the chest down. He has limited movement in his arms and is working every day to regain any movement.

Joe is the wonderful son of Pat and Meg Barber, grandson, brother, cousin and good friend to many. He is kind, gentle and has a generous spirit. Prior to the accident, Joe was an active high school student. He played just about every sport you can image, sang in his high school and church choir, was a certified lifeguard and was awarded Eagle Scout status the month before his accident. He was a member of the Daniel Hand High School football team and Cheshire Rugby Club.

Updates (6)

March 29, 2016

Read about the upcoming “Jammin with Joe” fundraiser this weekend

January 7, 2016

Read about Joe’s homecoming

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January 21, 2017

Dearest Joe - I send my love, prayers, hugs for your continued strength in your recovery - never forget your are a DHHS Tiger! xoxo Donna aka Nurse K

Donna Konarski

January 21, 2017

Just checking in, Joe! Keep up your excellent work at Journey Forward! I will send a check directly.

Love from Grandma

January 11, 2016

Jonny England and Jaime Habersang send well wishes. Keep up working hard. Welcome home.

Jonathan England and Jaime Habersang

January 5, 2016

Joe, praying for you and your family that 2016 will bring you lots of love, strength and hope!

Hilary and Eric Griffin and family