In the blink of an eye, life changes

Pictured, Justin with his parents Carrie and Gerry

A young man was accidentally shot over the Thanksgiving weekend. Justin Williams is 16 and goes to Superior Heights Collegiate and Vocational School in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

He has a spinal cord injury and was initially paralyzed from the shoulders down and had to have a feeding tube and breathing tube. Luckily after a lot of hard work, he has made remarkable progress with his rehab team at Lyndhurst Rehab Hospital (Toronto, Ontario). Pictured is Justin with his parents Carrie and Gerry.

Gerry is on compassionate leave from his job as a mechanic at Fountain Tire so that he and his wife can help Justin focus on the work that needs to be done in Toronto. The rest of their family, including Justin’s 22 yr old brother Ryan, are back home in the Soo, trying to support Justin from far away while looking after the family home.

Justin’s care is superb and his recuperation depends on the love and encouragement of his family. His recuperation also depends on the support of his friends and the Sault Community in making sure the Williams family can afford to deal with everyday expenses in Toronto and managing expenses of their Sault home. His recovery also depends on all of us helping out.

Justin’s rehab will continue and the most recent updates indicate that we are still over a month before Justin can come home. He has his family have enormous expenses related to managing two households over the past 4 months on a reduced income. Our hope is to help ease the financial burden and get the family back into financial health so that they can continue to focus on Justin’s physical health. Justin’s medical issues and rehabilitation needs are not over yet. He may need special equipment for some time.

A Pasta Dinner & Dance Fundraiser event is being held to raise funds to make a difference in Justin’s recovery.

Just for Justin
Saturday, January 30th
Grand Gardens North (Great Northern Road)
5:30 pm till 1:00 am
Pasta & Meatballs Dinner & Dance
Tickets: $25.00 per person for dinner & dance (Ages 2-102)
($15.00 for those who aren’t attending but want a chance at the Door Prizes)
Silent Auction, cash bar, and a chance to celebrate a community that cares.

Tickets can be purchased at Superior Heights Collegiate & Vocational School, Fountain Tire (Black Rd), Healthgear (Queen St), Kackleberries Restaurant (Market Mall), Propane Plus (Great Northern Rd), Donut Stop (Second Line).

You can also go to facebook page “Just for Justin” for more details.
To read more about the accidental shooting of Justin Williams read Craig Huckerby’s story here: article