2014 Contest

For the love of Joanne

Stoughton-10/01/14- JOANNE COSTA, 59, WAS STRICKEN WITH ALS 12 YEARS AGO. THE PROGRESSIVE NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE ALSO KNOWN AS LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE HAS TAKEN A TOLL ON HER. HER HUSBAND, JOHN, AND FORMER HUSBAND MICHAEL ROCHA BOTH TAKE PART IN HER CARE AT KINDRED HOSPITAL WHERE SHE HAS BEEN A PATIENT SINCE 2005. MICHAEL LIVES WITH JOHN IN HIS CONDO WITH MICHAEL’S DAUGHTER MELISSA . JOANNE CAN ONLY MOVE HER EYES AND MAKE SUBTLE FACIAL GESTURES. SHE BREATHES WITH A VENTLATOR AND IS FED THROUGH A TUBE IN HER STOMACH. JOHN VISTS HER EVERY DAY AND HAS MISSED ONLY ONE VISIT SINCE 2005 BECAUSE OF A BLIZZARD. Joanne breathes through a tube inserted into her through that is hooked up to a ventilator.