I went to work on Wednesday June 13, 2012, like any other day. I never came home until October 4, 2012.
I was hit by a car driven by an elderly woman on the job site and was seriously injured. I spent the first three days at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, the summer at Geisinger Danville and the fall at John Heinz in Wilkes-Barre.
From the first day I was hurt, there were people helping my family. Our lives were turned upside down and I still have a long road ahead, but I need to thank all the wonderful people who helped my family and me.
There are no words in this world to express the love that is in my heart for all the people who were there for us. I am truly touched and blessed.
Although it is impossible to name everyone who was involved, we would like to thank the doctors and nurses at all three facilities I was at, especially Dr. Casterline and his wonderful staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. Their quick and efficient care in the first critical hours saved my life.
To all the other doctors and nurses who took care of me, you all played a huge part in my recovery. Without you, I would not be where I am at today.
We would like to thank Msgr. Sempa for his visits to Danville and for providing a place for my wife to stay when she needed it. We would also like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Melberger and their son and wife, Mick and Amy, for providing a home for my wife, Mary, and family to stay the whole duration of my time in Danville. Without that, it would have been impossible for Mary to be by my side.
A huge thank you to the West Pittston Committee that ran a coin drop and organized a wiffle ball tournament. I don't know everybody who was involved but you all hold a special place in our hearts forever.
To our family, friends and neighbors who literally fed my family and were only a phone call away, how do I say thank you to that only that I love you all? To all the many people and businesses who donated money during this hard time, it is greatly appreciated.
I always said there was not a better place to raise a family than West Pittston. You can see by the actions of the whole community during this hard time why these words are true. I know it is by God's hand that I am here, but I would also like thank God for blessing me by putting all these special people in my life.
All our love and gratitude,
Mary and Joseph Rubino and family