The Joseph Groh Foundation Assists
New York Carpenter.
Kenneth Gagot worked as a carpenter for a construction firm, and
his wife was a teacher in a nearby town. Their son was attending
an Ivy League college in pursuit of a medical degree. Like many
in his trade, Gagot worked jobs on the side for extra money.
In 2014, an accident turned Gagot’s life upside down. He was
pulling shutters off a second-story window, when he slipped and
fell off of a ladder. As a result, he broke his neck and damaged
his spinal cord at the C-5 vertebrae. The rest of the year was a
blur of hospitals, rehab facilities, and operations.
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For the severely
disabled, a handicapped-assisted vehicle is one of the keys to
restoring some degree of normalcy to their lives. Unable to purchase
such a vehicle on his own, the only time Gagot got out of the house
was for doctor appointments or to go to the hospital, where he was
transported by ambulance. This went on for two years and contributed
to a growing case of depression. Gagot and his wife worked with
workers’ compensation for more than two years before learning that
they would receive partial payment for a handicapped assistance van.
They agreed to pay for the conversion of a van, but Gagot had to
provide the van. His wife had been talking to the Joseph Groh
Foundation on and off about assistance during this two-year period
of time, and when she received the news from workers’ compensation,
she knew exactly what type of funding they needed — that for a van.
Thanks to many donors, the Joseph Groh Foundation was able to meet
Kenneth and Debra Gagot’s request. They picked up the new vehicle in
About The Joseph S
The Joseph S Groh Foundation is dedicated to providing financial
support to those connected with the construction trades industry
(plumbing, HVAC, electrical, roofing etc.) who are living with life
altering injuries. This charitable organization will not engage in
any nonexempt activity. Visit them at
https://www.josephgrohfoundation.org/ for more information.