Joe Is Home!
Organized by: Sally Roberts
Update: Thanks everyone for help making Joe's arrival at his mom's and stepdad's house a little easier. The front ramp is in place, but there is more to do.
A video is attached showing Joe maneuvering out of his room into the hall -- a tight fit with complicated turns. Plans are underway for church volunteers to widen the doorway with funds provided by donors to this sight and from the church.Open video in a new window to watch the video in full screen.
More to come!
Joe Tayor -- or Joe2D2, to his fellow Star Wars fans and blog followers -- was diagnosed with kidney failure and put on dialysis back in 2009. In 2010, he received a donated kidney from his father, which failed after only two months. In February 2015, things got worse.
A few days after his 38th birthday, Joe was admitted to the hospital with flu-like symptoms and diagnosed with endocarditis (an infection of the heart). Before the antibiotics could do their miracles, he had bleeding on the brain -- a stroke. Quick action on the part of his nurses and doctors saved his life but the stroke left him unable to move his left arm and leg. In the months that followed he had a series of complications and made several moves from hospital to acute care to rehab back to the hospital.
Joe is finally getting consistent therapy and making great progress. But the insurance that has paid for his inpatient care is running out. The mixed blessing is that he is being released on September 16th, but his parents' homes need to be made wheelchair accessible. Plus there are additional expenses with equipment that needs to be purchased and medical bills are piling up.
Through it all, Joe's church and Star Wars families have been a huge emotional support filling up his walls with get well posters and cards, and posting encouraging messages via text and Facebook.
Now Joe needs some financial help for the things that will help him rebuild his life. Please help if you can.
(We're sorry, but donations for Joe through this website are not tax deductible. If that's important to you, email by clicking "Contact the Organizer" for directions on how to donate to Joe Taylor through his church, which is tax deductible.)