Name: Sgt Jose Sanchez
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Wish: In-home Walk-in Shower
of Goal Raised
Sgt Jose Sanchez lived close to New York City and was part of the National Guard in 2001. On the morning of 9/11/2001, upon seeing the planes striking the World Trade Center towers, Mr. Sanchez immediately responded to scene and helped to save as many American lives as possible that day. The events surrounding 9/11 encouraged him to re-enlist in the Army and he was soon deployed. During September 2006, while in Afghanistan with the 102nd Infantry, Sgt Sanchez was engaged in a firefight with enemy combatants. A mortar exploded very close to his position and the blast caused many compound injuries including partial paralysis, nerve damage on his right side and a very troublesome eye injury. Following the blast that severely wounded Sgt. Sanchez he was medevaced to Landstuhl Hospital in Germany and then onto Walter Reed where he spent over 10 months recovering. In the years the followed his tour in Afghanistan, he developed severe PTSD as well.Wish:
One of the most challenging aspects of coping with his injuries is the ability to complete everyday tasks. Due to his worsening nerve damage and paralysis on the right side of his body, it is difficult for him to step into the bath tub/shower that is currently in his home. Being able to enter the shower with the ease that a walk-in shower unit provides would allow his morning routine to become much more pain free.