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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 28, 2016

Read about the upcoming “Jammin with Joe” fundraiser this weekend www.nhregister.com

January 6, 2016

Read about Joe’s homecoming shorelinetimes.com

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June 3, 2019

Hey! I’m from Bulgaria but that wasn’t an option to choose so I hope that’s not a problem:)

Ivalina Tsekova

May 26, 2019

Dear Joe! We keep fingers crossed for you! The best wishes from Poland♡

Katarzyna Krzyżak

May 21, 2019

My heart just broke for you and Johnny when I heard the terrible news of what happened. I supported you and my friend with the pledge music and I will continue to support. All of my best wishes to you Joe, Leah

Leah Fawber

May 20, 2019

Keep up the good fight! It's been really great seeing the messages and updates since the start of the Pledge campaign, always willing to help even if it's only a small something but I've been passing the word around. All the best for Joe!

Michael Harley