Aaron works and lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife and four and eight-yearold daughters. McKinney is a northeast suburb of Dallas. He worked for Encore Wire which is the leading manufacturer of copper and aluminum wire for residential and commercial construction in the US. Aaron was the lead wire operator in charge of creating different sizes of aluminum wire. He created the large spools of wire that you often see on construction sites.
In May 2023 teenagers invaded his home by kicking in the front door. Upon hearing the commotion, Aaron grabbed his weapon and ran toward the front door. Unfortunately, he did not see one of the intruders who shot him from behind.
The bullet entered the top right side of the shoulder, then traveled downward and hit his spine in the T10 area!
After the shot was fired the intruders ran off, and Aaron’s wife and child were unharmed. Following surgery Aaron was told he was paralyzed from the waist down, and he has no feeling below his stomach. After three days in the ICU Aaron was released to inpatient rehab for 30 days where he learned how to transition into his new life. Following his release from the hospital he entered outpatient rehab to work on gaining additional skills and strength.
Aaron’s wife Juametta works for the city of McKinney and is heavily involved with the Toastmasters organization. Her mentors in Toastmasters are neighbors of Joe Groh. Aaron applied to the foundation for a grant for driving controls and a wheelchair lift for his truck. Currently, Juametta helps Aaron get into/out of his pickup by helping him transition from his wheelchair to a stepladder, and then from the ladder to the floorboard, then finally from the floorboard to the seat of the truck.
Thanks to our generous donors, the foundation was able to provide help for Aaron and Juametta!
The foundation worked with Baylor Rehab to enroll Aaron in their Adaptive Driving School, then worked with United Access to retrofit Aaron’s vehicle for driving controls, a Turny Evo (allows Aaron to transfer from wheelchair to the vehicle) and a lift to hoist his wheelchair onto the bed of the truck. “Thanks so much to you guys,” Aaron told us,“Y’all are life changers!