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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

January 6, 2016

Read about Joe's homecoming

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January 4, 2020

Hoping and praying for a break through.

Joe Barber

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