- What You Can Do
- Celebration Center
Created 11.18.2016 by Community Benefit Tree
John Reese, a 42-year-old father of two children, broke his neck in a diving accident and suffered a tragic spinal cord injury 14 years ago when he was a firefighter with the City of Appleton. John was diagnosed with high-level quadriplegia and is rendered completely paralyzed from the shoulders down. Initially, John wanted to move back into his own house to be together with his family. He would've been able to coordinate his own care,therapy and staffing patterns through supportive home health care services. However, that scenario was not to be. Ever since the accident, John has lived in a variety of assisted-living facilities.Over the course of time, John has lived with a diverse population of residents with a vast array of needs. John looks to the Lord for strength and has been serving the residents in these care communities by helping them in diverse ways. His positive attitude and faith in God has remained strong, even after a pressure sore developed in the summer of 2015 after a catastrophic wheelchair cushion failure. He is still suffering from this terrible pressure ulcer and a surgery is planned. With the help of his doctors, John hopes to rehab and heal up soon. John has been forced to move several times because of the multiple changes in ownership of the assisted-living facilities he's lived in. Once again, John was recently issued a notice of involuntary discharge -- This is basically an eviction. With donations of land and architectural skills, plans are underway to build a permanent home for John in the Fox Valley area. John has a loving, passionate heart as a father and considers being a parent the greatest job responsibility in the world. John is hopeful that this dream will be realized because it would give him the security and stability of living in his own home, together with room for his children. All of John's income goes towards his cost of care. Without your help the financial challenges will be insurmountable.