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Joshua’s Story

Welcome to Josh's CaringBridge website! Be sure to visit the journal section often to read daily updates and most definitely sign the guest book so that we know who to thank! If you are considering a visit to come see Josh, please send us a text, email, or phone call on either of our phones to find out when the best time to visit may be.




If you are interested in sending a card or letter, please send any mail to:
911 N 5th Ave. E
Duluth, MN 55805

Send any emails to:
horkatron@gmail.com (Whitney's) or
orchidsinduluth@gmail.com (Josh's)



Josh was doing his usual thing on Saturday January 28, 2012: going after witches brooms in trees. This time, he was climbing up a tree to reach a particular broom. The branch broke and he fell backwards about 20 feet to the ground. He crushed a vertebrae in his back, damaging his spinal cord, and breaking 3 ribs. He currently has no sensation below mid-chest level. Josh underwent back surgery the night of January 28th to stabilize his spine and insert screws and plates to fuse his spine and allow for swelling to slowly go down. Josh was located at St. Mary's Duluth Clinic in the neuro-trauma wing for after-surgery care, then he moved into his more permanent location in room 205 of the Miller-Dwan rehab center. on March 9, 2012, he was released into the world! Because their house was incomplete and under construction, the Horkys moved into the holiday inn for a time until their new wheelchair accessible location outside of town was ready. They lived there courtesy of friends Al and Theresa for a little over a year while their house was being renovated to be wheelchair accessible. Finally, the modifications were complete and the Horkys moved back into their home in March of 2013.