Thankful for life - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Thankful for life

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Josh Lesneiwski and his sister Lori usually spend Thanksgiving with family, but this year they decided to volunteer at the Salvation Army instead because this Thanksgiving is different.

It's different from last year when they spent most of their time in a hospital room after Josh fell off a ladder.

"Thirty foot fall. I fell on concrete and broke my back and my head. Broke my head open in 3 places," he said.

"Following his accident there was just an outpouring of support and love and money and everything they needed," said Lori.

This Thanksgiving is different than any holiday season before that, because Josh says that accident changed his perspective, "They're just that much more important to you because you really are thankful for so much more around the holiday time."

It hasn't been easy. After the accident doctors didn't think Josh would live. Then, he spent almost a year in the hospital. He still struggles with his long road to recovery. 

"It's like growing up all over again. You have to start over just like a child and learn how to do things again, except harder," said Josh.

Last year friends and family held a "Miracles for Josh" 5k race to raise money for his medical care. Now, he hopes to make the 5k and annual event to help raise money for others with disabilities.

This week Josh took his first steps since the accident, but even if he never walks again he says he would be ok with that, too. His accident taught him to appreciate everything as a gift, and for that he is thankful.

Copyright 2012 KSLA. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Police: 2 shot at Oklahoma restaurant; civilian kills gunman

    Police: 2 shot at Oklahoma restaurant; civilian kills gunman

    Friday, May 25 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:02:34 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 7:13 AM EDT2018-05-25 11:13:11 GMT
    (Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.(Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    Full Story >

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    Full Story >
  • NFL's policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall

    NFL's policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:42 PM EDT2018-05-24 21:42:35 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 7:07 AM EDT2018-05-25 11:07:23 GMT
    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File). FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles...(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File). FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles...
    Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook this fall.Full Story >
    Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook this fall.Full Story >
  • Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

    Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:22:30 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 7:07 AM EDT2018-05-25 11:07:18 GMT
    (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    Full Story >

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly