Dargen Thompson, writer at the University of North Florida’s newspaper The Spinnaker tells the compelling story of UNF senior J.T. Townsend and how he has taken his life threatening incident and turned it into good. Now J.T. is giving back to others living in the community that now need his help.
A short time ago the foundation was approached by a Mother of twin twenty year olds. Both boys have medical conditions. Zach lives with Cerebral Palsy. His muscles grow stiff when they are not exercised regularly causing him to live in constant pain.
Zach’s Mother Karen asked us to help them in a unique way. The pool heater had quit warming their outdoor pool which was the main source of exercise for Zach, aquatic therapy. “Zachery is able to do activities in the water that he can not do on land. But the water must be warm to reduce his spasticity.” said Karen. “A pool heater would make a world of difference for him to stay healthy and out of pain.” Zach’s physical therapist suggested they contact JTTF for help. With the help of the local Pinch A Penny dealership we were able to replace the old heater with a new one.
When we receive an application we find the people are usually left with no means of obtaining the equipment they desperately need. Most of the time they have exhausted insurance requests and really don’t know which way to turn. Adaptive equipment is expensive. Imagine adding unlimited medical expenses to your monthly budget to care for one or more of your children or family members. These families are strong and compassionate and deserving of help.
JT Townsend recalls being in that situation. He also remembers how the entire community came to his aid. His dream of repaying the community is a reality and now he is doing his best to give back. Through fund raising events JT Townsend and his Foundation have helped over 10 families in it’s short one and a half year existence.
Won’t you do your part to help us to help others? Please find it in your heart to donate today. Every dollar makes a difference and you will be blessed by your generosity.
Dear JT Townsend Foundation,
I would like to thank you for the pool heater, it has made my life a lot easier and more fun. When I get in the pool, my legs loosen up, and it makes my whole body feel much better. It has made a huge impact on my spasticity. My body is able to do many more things in the water that I am unable to do on land. Even my baby sister can hold me when I am in the pool. I especially love doing the backstroke. Since you have donated the pool heater, I have a new dream of being in the Paralympics. Without the pool heater I was unable to do many movements with my body that I am now able to do. Being in the pool makes me feel awesome and I can’t thank you enough!
With Love and Many Thanks,
Beautiful Dawn Boles lives with seizures and a condition, Osteogensis Imperfecta von Willebrands, that causes her brittle bones to fracture leaving her living in casts much of the time.
Dawn lives with her Grandmother, her full time guardian and caregiver. Dawn’s Grandmother has a difficult time lifting her due to the additional weight of the casts. After meeting Kathy Smoot, another family we were able to help, Kathy suggested they contact JTTF for help.
JTTF was able to provide a Bruno Tourney Lift custom installed in the Boles’ Suburban which insurance had denied. The lift has a transition seat that Dawn slides into from wheelchair. The seat then hydraulically lifts and turns into the passenger position in the vehicle. This eliminates difficultly lifting and provides a safer transition for Dawn.
JT Townsend will visit Dawn and her Grandmother this week to see the lift and to introduce himself to the Boles family. The Boles will join the other 21 families we have helped and hopefully enjoy the support our organization is giving to all disabled living on the First Coast whom we have been honored to help.