In 2010, Joe Kelliher dealt with a family tragedy in the form of a disease, Multiple Sclerosis, (MS), which is a disabling neurological disorder. MS inhibits the signals from the brain from reaching the rest of the body, which results in a significant impact on an individual's mobility and daily functioning. Joe was diagnosed with the rarest form of the disease, Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS), for which there is currently no cure. This diagnosis changed the course of Joe and his family's lives forever.
At the beginning of last year, Joe was faced with yet another obstacle, recovering from a nearly fatal wheelchair accident. This resulted in a ninety-day ICU hospital stay and classified him upon discharge as a triplegia; only being able to use one limb. Due to the unexpected extreme progression of his disease caused by this accident, Joe now requires 24-hour intense home health care. Joe’s daily care assistance includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, bathing, touting, transferring, dressing, cleaning, cooking, transportation, and more.
Joe and his three children, Lauren, Natalie, and Brooke, have learned to face challenges in life with a mixture of courage, grit, and good judgment. They now understand life is full of adversity, but what matters is how you face adversity, for that is what makes you successful. They’ve also come to realize that the minor issues are just that – minor.
The Kelliher family is extremely grateful for any support and generosity during this healing journey.
Families and Communities Together Relief (FACT Relief) needs your support to ensure we can continue our efforts and help families like the Kellihers. Here are a few ways YOU can make a difference for Joe and his family.
$100 can cover a weekly or monthly prescription
$250 can cover uninsured medical bills and supplies
$500 can cover a few days of home health care
Thank you for your contribution!
Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.