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Oscar does walk-a-thon from his wheelchair for grads of Salvation Army drug & alcohol rehab

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Oscar Count Me InStory submitted by Mike Beaudreau, Transportation Supervisor at The Salvation Army in Anaheim
Photo by John Docter

Oscar Dighero started working at The Salvation Army in Anaheim as a truck driver for our Family Store operation in Jan. 2006. He was a recent graduate of the Anaheim Adult Rehabilitation Center, which is funded by the sale of your donated items at our Family Stores.

He was a bit of a work-a-holic, putting in up to 10 hours a day 6 days a week.
But God had other plans for Oscar.

He fell Ill in November of 2013 after receiving a flu shot. On December 12 he woke up with no energy or strength in his body. He was taken to the emergency room where numerous tests were done.

By the next day, he was paralyzed from the neck down, put on a feeding tube, and had a tracheotomy and breathing tube put in.

Oscar was later diagnosed with Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome, a neurological disease where the body’s own antibodies attack it.

After several rounds of plasmapheresis (blood dialysis) to remove the “bad” antibodies, he was transferred to a skilled nursing facility in January of 2014, where he currently lives.

He has fought hard to come back and now breathes on his own, eats soft foods, and is slowly regaining movement in his body.

Last weekend Oscar participated in the Count Me In Walk-a-thon to raise money so that he and others can attend a reunion of 5,000 graduates of Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers in October 2014.

It was his first outing since he got sick 8 months ago!

By the grace of God and with the help of hospital staff, friends, family and co-workers, he was able to put aside his fears and do it.

He is already making plans for his next outing, church!

This has been a slow journey but Oscar knows that God is making him into the man He wants him to be. He is trusting the Lord on this journey and has faith that with God’s help, he will be walking soon.

He would like to thank everyone involved in helping him take this very big step.

:: Click here to register or find out more about the Count Me In conference!


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