Anyone wanting to help Warwick mum Jo Gilchrist, who is recovering from an infection that left her paralysed, can donate to a Go Fund Me account.
Anyone wanting to help Warwick mum Jo Gilchrist, who is recovering from an infection that left her paralysed, can donate to a Go Fund Me account. Contributed

Friends rally behind Jo as she learns to walk again

WHILE she is in a spinal ward and working hard on walking again, Jo Gilchrist's friends and supporters are working on their own project.

Friend and personal trainer Jaimie McMillan has set up a Go Fund Me account for Jo, who is recovering from a staph infection that threatened her life.

Although she is in on the mend, the Warwick mum is paralysed after the infection attacked her spine. She has been in hospital since December and it's hoped she could be in her own modified home in July.

Jaimie said she set up the Go Fund Me account to make life easier for Jo and her son, Tommy when she leaves hospital.

"The big thing she needs right now is a modified vehicle because at this stage they are looking at getting her a modified home in Brisbane and she needs to get around," she said.

"She has a little boy and it's not like she just hop onto the train - she needs her own car."

So far, generous friends and strangers have donated a total of $4000; $1000 of which came from man at the Gold Coast who had never met her but was touched by her story.

Jaimie said although she has only known Jo for a few months, she was impressed by her strength and determination.

"Jo came to me before Christmas and told me she wanted to get fit and healthy and set a good example for her little boy," she said.

"I told her she had to stick with it for a month and show me she was committed and then I would be committed to her. And she did.

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"I told her I wasn't going to give up on her then and promised to help her - now it is just in a different way."

To donate to Jo's Go Fund Me account visit http://www.gofundme.com/rtz864, or search "Bring Jo Jo Home" on Go Fund Me.


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