Joseph Groh Foundation Gives Gift to Paralyzed Construction Worker

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Chris Clark’s Story:

Chris Clark’s life in the construction trades was as a union laborer in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He worked for several organizations building factories and bridges as part of the United Ironworkers local. Following that he worked for a masonry firm building an early childhood development Center, a high school, a hospital and other projects.

On July 29, 2016 while swimming with friends, he was paralyzed at C7 after jumping into a lake.

He fractured his T1, T2, T3 and T12 vertebrae. He learned about the foundation while rehabbing at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. His principal need was for a pickup with driving controls. His existing vehicle was a 2002 Dodge Ram that had 150,000 miles on it that needed a new engine. The vehicle would allow him to take his daughter to her events and allow him to attend college in search of a new career.

Thanks to our donors’ generosity, the Joseph Groh Foundation was able to help Chris!

The foundation helped Chris find a used, one owner 2008 Dodge Dakota with 60,000 miles on it. The driving controls were installed by Southern Bus and Mobility of St. Louis.

“This is by far the best thing that has happened to me since my accident,” Chris said. “I can’t thank the foundation enough for everything you have done for me.”

Visit The Joseph Groh Foundation at where you can donate or learn more about this charity focused on making the lives of contractors faced with health and other life altering challenges a little easier.

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