Joey Davis looks forward to getting back to the simple things that most everyone else takes for granted.
Things like walking his cats on the Heritage Trail near his home on Nichol Street in Waterford. And returning to his post as the long-serving crossing guard at the corner of Church Street and Main Street on behalf of Waterford Public School.
Davis, 46, has some hills to climb – figuratively speaking – before he can do these things. He parted with a portion of his left leg Feb. 5 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton due to complications arising from diabetes.
The community will help Davis get where he needs to be. A GoFundMe page with a target of $10,000 has been established in his name. The majority of this will be for a custom-fitted prosthetic leg, something not covered by the province’s OHIP program.
The account was set up by a family friend. As of this past weekend, it had nearly reached $3,000. Davis is humbled and encouraged by the outpouring of support.
“I’m very appreciative of family, friends and the community,” he said Sunday. “It’s been overwhelming and positive and I will never forget it. I’m not suffering and I’m doing well. The future is looking good.”
Davis has been a crossing guard in Waterford for more than 20 years.
Due to the recent procedure, his property will have to be modified in places to accommodate his mobility needs.
The GoFundMe effort was launched by Kathy Snively, of Waterford.
“Without having a driver’s licence, Joey would walk the half mile to and from his post daily in all the good and bad weather to see to the students’ safety on their way to school,” Snively says at the GoFundMe site.
“Obviously, life will now change for Joey. Joey and his sister Sharron Davis have had and will continue to have considerable expenses adapting their home to make it easier for Joe to get around such as building a ramp and renovations to the bathroom to increase access, all the while with Joe losing income from his crossing-guard job.”
Sharron Davis says her brother is in good spirits and approaching his recovery with a positive attitude.
“He’s doing pretty good,” she said this weekend. “He’s gone for therapy and they tell him he’s doing great.”
Davis says her brother misses visiting with the children and they miss him too. They want him back at his designated intersection as soon as possible.
“He loves doing it,” she said. “He loves kids.
“We would like to thank everyone who has donated so far. Please give them a big thank you for us.”
Those wishing to learn more can do so by visiting the website https://ca.gofundme.com/f/stop-help-crossing-guard-joe-davis-with-medical?qid=91d8cbff58fed268eee2d247ec2ae477 .
“Joe is family and (we) wish him a speedy recovery,” donors Pat and Wendy Dunn said in a message online.