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The Delp’s say a prayer for JT…

In late 2010, JT Townsend visited the home of Luther and Debbie Delp to deliver an adaptive piece of equipment that would improve their life considerably. This was significant because it was the first allocation made by JTTF. It was the beginning of JT’s legacy.

This piece of equipment was a stationary glider. The glider could not only raise Luther up to a standing position, which he said  “makes me feel like a big boy”, it would also allow him to exercise the muscles in his arms and legs as well as maintain good circulation right in the comfort of his own living room.’ It will allow him to look people straight in the eye.’ says his loving wife and nurse Debbie.

On March 6th, 2009, Luther, a vibrant 61 year old man was sitting on his motorcycle at a red light when he was hit from behind. He was thrown 75′ in the air and landed on the hood of another car at the traffic light. His ribs were broken, his nose broken, his lung was punctured and he was left paralyzed from the waist down. He was near death from loss of blood. But Debbie says, God had other plans for Luther .

After 4 surgeries and many prayers, Luther pulled through amazingly with little pain. His positive attitude is inspiring. Since his accident Luther’s wife Debbie has nursed him herself. She has taken complete care of him. She has had to transport Luther, rain or shine, to his out patient rehabilitation center 5 days a week for 6 hours per visit. This meant she would need to wait for Luther to complete his rehabilitation before she could return home.

Luther could use additional pieces of equipment such as an FES Bike, as well as a Nustep. His medical bills continue to be absorbed by the Delp’s personally as the person who hit him had no insurance to cover them . But, they know God will continue to provide.

Debbie Delp reads a prayer she wrote especially for this day
Debbie Delp reads a prayer she wrote especially for this day

Debbie Delp wrote this and read it to JT the day the glider was presented to Luther:

Debbie Delp reads a prayer she wrote especially for this day.

“JT, Lord, be between you and me forever.

Lord I thank you for our new friend.

Bless and keep him, this special person you created

And filled with qualities that have meant so much to us.

Thank you for all the times we shared.

Thank you for JT’s gift from the heart.

Bless our friendship.

Thank you for caring and providing so well for us all.


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Smiling faces

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Check these pictures taken yesterday at the San Pablo home of 3 year old Jack Hutchinson when JT arrived at his home to deliver a piece of adaptive equipment.

It was a happy meeting for JT and little Jack Hutchinson
It was a happy meeting for JT and little Jack Hutchinson

It was a happy meeting for JT and little Jack Hutchinson

Mom Erin was also happy to see JT arrive with the shower and toileting system that will enable Jack to sit in the shower without having to be held. “Most health insurance policies do not cover many of the pieces of equipment available to help patients and caregivers live a more normal life.- says J.T. Townsend, who was suddenly paralyzed in a football play in 2004, his senior year at Episcopal School. “If we can help to make a difference in Jack’s life to make him feel just a little bit independent, then it is a good thing.”

Little Jack seemed to enjoy the visit with JT and his Mother, Carmen Townsend yesterday. The smiles tell us he is one happy little guy!

Blessings to Jack and the entire Hutchinson family from the staff at JTTF! Please click on the link nest to the picture to see the full story.


Jack ready for school
Jack ready for school
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Answering the call

There are many occasions lately where God’s divine intervention is so clear I have to stop and just lift my eyes to acknowledge His presence. One of those times happened April 20, 2012 while picking up a pair of forearm crutches for one of our applicants at a medical supply store. We were waiting in the entrance for our salesman to reappear. An elderly man with a kind smile was talking with his tiny framed wife about an item they were interested in purchasing, a transition board. I mentioned I had recently purchased one and we began to interact. They said they were not sure that was what they needed. The item they really needed was a hydraulic lift for their van. But they said the cost was beyond their reach. As I told them I might be able to help and explained about our foundation the little Mrs. excitedly wrapped her arms around me and shuffled me out the door to their parked van.

Once outside we walked over to the van and she explained about a custom lift designed to help transition a person seated in their wheelchair to the van rear passenger seat about 30″ above. She explained she was having difficulty lifting their 13 year old daughter who suffers with spina bifida and her elderly husband had serious medical issues and could not help. Again, I told her I was pretty sure we could help them.

Bob and Kathy Smoot , 79 and 72 are adoptive parents of 18 year old Dakota and 13 year old Emily. Both children were adopted as infants with serious medical issues, quite frankly, not expected to survive. She began to tell me a beautiful story of how they became foster parents to over 150 children once their own children had graduated from college and left their large Arkansas farmhouse. These were two of God’s angels standing right before me.

After Kathy completed the application process our team went to work finding a competitive bid on a “Glide N Go” for their family van. The piece is going to take 5 weeks to customize, but should be installed mid-June.

Thanks to your support we are able to help Kathy to be able to take Emily wherever she needs to go without strain on her back.

Do you hear God’s calling? Do you feel that little tug on your heart when He places someone in your path who could use your help? The Smoot’s found the joy and gratification that comes from doing just that. They are amazing people who I am blessed to have met.

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