Only moments after a skiing accident in January, Foxboro resident and St. Mary's Church parishioner John Hardy knew something wasn't right. After hitting a tree during a trip in Vermont, broken bones and an injured spine left Hardy paralyzed from the waste down according to the Sun Chronicle.
It was the morning of Jan 8. when Hardy was on Mount Snow with local friends. After deciding to traverse to another trail, Hardy began to pick up some speed when he hit a patch of ice and slammed into a tree,
Since the accident Hardy's life has been dedicated to recovering from the accident from an inpatient stay at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to hours of outpatient work at Partners healthcare in Foxborough and Journey Forward in Canton.
The hours in rehab are paying off, Hardy tells the Sun Chronicle he does have some feeling back in his legs but still remains confined to a wheelchair and reliant on his friends and family to get to rehab and doctor's appointments.
Despite the accident, Hardy says that he still feels blessed with a supporting family and friends that have helped built a 50 ft. ramp to his house.
The recovery however, is not cheap. To help offset the costs a fund has been set up on Help Hope Live.org where anyone can donate. The goal is to raise $100,000 over the next six months to cover Hardy's recovery and needs.