Gary Wood has been feeding my father's hunger for cycling for over 20 years. Whether it was going out for a long ride with him, setting him up with a brand new bike, or hooking him up with some nice new (albeit tight) bike shorts, Gary has been running Belmont Wheelworks for as long as we've known him, and taking care of Big Tom & co. in the process. Gary always looks to take care of anyone who comes into the shop, or even just shows an interest in cycling. He's as self-less as he is kind; now, Gary and his beautiful wife, Heather, need some help of their own!
Heather and Gary welcomed their beautiful new baby boy, Wesley, on August 23rd, 2014. Just four days later, Gary and Heather closed on their new home on the same day that mom and newborn Wesley were scheduled to leave the hospital. But less than a week later, the family would be hit with an awful stroke of bad luck; Heather woke up on August 31st almost completely paralyzed and was rushed to Brigham and Women hospital, where she's been ever since.
Guillan-Barre Syndrome was the diagnosis. Chances are, you don't know what that means. That's because you have a better chance of being struck by lightning, than being diagnosed with this syndrome:
"Guillan-Barre Syndrome is a rare but very serious autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks healthy nerve cells of the peripheral nervous system. In Heather's case it has led to complete muscle paralysis, including that of her eye muscles, meaning she is unable to open her eyes. Heather is completely dependent on assistance to help her breathe and get nutrition. What makes this that much more traumatic and difficult is that Heather is fully aware of her condition but completely unable to communicate how she feels or what she needs. Imagine having a newborn son and being unable to see him, feed him, or hold him. Gary, Heather's mother Sue, and Gary's father are working very hard to comfort her. They bring little Wesley in for some "skin on skin" time but it's clear how painful the situation is for all."
There is hope for Heather and her beautiful family, but it will be a long road full of expensive hospital and therapy visits as well as incredible strength and hard work from Heather herself. As Gary said to us, "it's a marathon not a sprint... Actually, it's more than that. It's like a marathon everyday, over and over again.."
Fortunately, there are two ways that we can help them; First, by donating whatever small, or large, amount of money we can to ease the pain of constant medical bills that are sure to accumulate greatly over the next several months. Second, by doing what we do best; Motivating! Show Heather that we care about her and that we are thinking about her, and that might make her hard road ahead just a little bit easier to manage.
Let's show Heather and Gary that we are more than just a gym; we are a community! When one of our friends is in a tough spot, we all will do our best to comfort them and help them through that tough spot. That's what being a community, and a Neighborhood Gym, is really all about! God Bless Heather, Gary and Baby Wesley and know that you have a gym full of support here in South Boston!
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