Joe likes to tell people he’s “just an ordinary Joe.”
His caregiver, Christine Milhimes, disagrees.
“He’s extraordinary,” she says.
Four days a week, she’s by his side as he swims, lifts, and walks his way to recovery at the York Jewish Community Center.
“The JCC is more than a gym,” she says.
The trainers, staff, and fellow patrons have welcomed her and Joe and made them feel like family. Through each of Joe’s workout routines, from swimming laps in the pool, then enjoying lunch in the lounge area to heading to the weight room, people stop to check on his progress.
They walk away with whispers of “what a great guy,” and “he’s come so far.”
To Joe, it’s an environment that has lifted him up and accepted him as he is.