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 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.