A community rallies together to help support a local firefighter, Army veteran and father of three who was injured last month in a mountain biking accident.
“Anybody that knows him, loves him,” said Hendersonville Fire Department Lt. Jared Morgan.
Multiple fundraisers have been organized for firefighter Capt. Josh Poore.
"A lot of this money is going to go to help the family have a better way of life, and not have to worry about working, or the having a house to stay in,” Morgan said.
On Thursday, June 13, 2019, Poore was mountain biking on Bent Creek Trail in the North Mills River area when, a city representative says, he was in a serious wreck.
Poore suffered a spinal cord injury, after which he was unable to move his arms or legs.
Skyland Fire & Rescue responded to the scene, and Poore was transported to Mission Hospital, where he underwent a surgery that fused his spine at C3 and C4. He was in the ICU for 10 days before being moved to a step-down trauma unit.
Poore’s wife, Ashley, has kept the department up to date on his progress. As of July 12, Poore had his feeding tube removed and is eating a regular diet, can stand with assistance, can walk on a treadmill with a harness and physical therapists, has more controlled movement in his right arm and hand, and has some movement in his left arm.
Ashley Poore says his spirits are high as he works to attain his goal of a full recovery.
Several area businesses and organizations are working to help raise money for the family and the medical expenses they’re experiencing.
“He needs to be able to focus on rehab and getting stronger again, so he can get back to being that active member of the community that he was,” said Well-Adjusted Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Massage ownerJennifer Hensley.
Hensley is hosting the first fundraiser Saturday.
“Free adjustments and acupuncture-style cupping, and basically taking donations for the services,” Hensley siad.
People in the community are sending their love and hoping for a speedy recovery.
“Josh, we love you and we love your family," said Hensley. "We are all here and were rooting for you.”
“We miss you and we want you here,” said Morgan.
As of now, these are the fundraisers we’re aware of:
Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 9am-12pm
Well Adjusted Chiropractic Acupuncture and Massage – 312 8th Avenue West, Hendersonville
Well-Adjusted Chiropractic Acupuncture and Massage is giving free adjustments and cupping treatments on July 13th for donations benefitting Josh Poore and his family.
The American Legion Bike Night Dedication
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7pm
The American Legion – 216 4th Avenue West, Hendersonville
The American Legion will be dedicating their July 13th Legion Riders Bike Night to Captain Josh Poore. During this event, The American Legion Post 77 will make a donation to military veteran and firefighter Josh Poore. Hendersonville Fire Department personnel be in attendance to accept the check on behalf of the Poore family.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 4pm-10pm
Dry Falls Brewing Co. – 425 Kanuga Rd, Hendersonville
Dry Falls Brewing Co. in partnership with Sunnybrook Assisted Living and Keller Williams – We Sell WNC are hosting a fundraiser to help Captain Josh Poore get the medical attention he needs.
$1.00 Raffle Tickets will be sold with opportunity to win the following prizes:
1st Prize $100 Dry Falls Gift Card
2nd Prize $75 Dry Falls Gift Card
3rd Prize $50 Dry Falls Gift Card
4th Prize $25 Dry Falls Gift Card
5th Prize Dry Falls T-shirt
A firetruck will be onsite, and members of the Hendersonville Professional Firefighters Association will be selling wristbands ($5) and t-shirts ($20) to raise money during the event.
The event will include live music and Dread Life Kitchen will be serving dinner.
Friday, July 26, 2019 from 4pm-9:30pm
Sweet Frog Hendersonville – 201 N. Main St, Hendersonville
On July 26th, Sweet Frog in Hendersonville will donate 25% of all proceeds sold between 4pm-9:30pm to Captain Josh Poore and his family. There will also be a raffle drawing for gift cards and other items. A firetruck will be onsite, and members of the Hendersonville Professional Firefighters Association will be selling wristbands and t-shirts to raise money during the event.
Thursday, August 1, 2019
High Vista Country Club
Save the date for a golf tournament benefitting Captain Josh Poore taking place at High Vista Country Club. Tee off at 9am followed by an event at Sierra Nevada from 5pm-8pm. More details to come.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Save the Date - Details Coming
Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 2pm-6pm
Triskelion Brewing Company – 340 7th Avenue East, Hendersonville
CrossFit HVL is partnering with Triskelion Brewing Company and the Hendersonville Fire Department to create a Fundraising WOD (workout) in a town effort to help support Josh Poore and his family in this trying time. The workout is not required to participate in the event; all are welcome to stop by and support the event. The WOD will take place at Triskelion where the Hendersonville Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 2645 will be selling wristbands and t-shirts and collecting donations to participate in the WOD (workout). Participants can either donate at the event or donate to the GoFundMe page and show their donation receipt to the volunteers to participate day of the event. CrossFit HVL will be running the WOD (workout).
Triskelion Brewing Company will also be donating part of the beer sales during the event to the Josh Poore Fund. They also have the Appalachian Renegades band playing that night at 8pm.
There will be a raffle of donated items from the local community as well.
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 8am-10:30am
Summit Crossfit South – 37 Maxwell Dr, Hendersonville
The CrossFit fitness community in partnership with the Hendersonville Fire Department and Asheville Fire Department present a fundraiser to help support Captain Josh Poore, who recently suffered a spinal cord injury following a mountain biking accident. Join Summit Crossfit South on August 24th for a workout to show your support for Josh and his family. Heats will occur every half hour.
Sanctuary Brewing Company Fundraiser
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Save the Date - Details Coming
**T-shirts should be available starting on July 17th**
The Hendersonville Professional Firefighters Association Local 2645 is selling #FULLSENDFORPOORE wristbands and t-shirts to raise money for Captain Josh Poore. Wristbands ($5) and T-shirts ($20) can be purchased at either Hendersonville Fire Station and at upcoming fundraisers.
Fire Station 2 – 632 Sugarloaf Rd
Fire Station 1 – 851 N. Main St
Administrative staff members are available to accept donations at Station 2 every weekday from 8am-5pm. Staff availability for accepting donations is based on call volume and less predictable outside of regular business hours and at Station 1.
Ongoing: A GoFundMe account was set up to benefit Josh and his family.
The public can make a donation at any State Employees’ Credit Union in North Carolina. Visit a SECU and let them know you’d like to donate to the “Josh Poore Family Tragedy Account” or drop off donations at either Hendersonville Fire Department Station.
Follow the Support Captain Josh Poore Facebook page for updates as additional fundraisers are planned.