John Randy was my brother who was born on May 15, 1964. When he was born, he was deprived oxygen for a short period of time which ultimately, lead to his life of dependency. Randy was the oldest of 6 children who could not talk to the point of being understood. Although he could take care of his hygiene and yes even shave, he still could not live on his own.
Although with his disability, it never stood in his way of just living a normal life as he knew it. John Randy attended a school with other children who were living just as he lived, dependency of course. Randy was given a life expectancy of 5 years to live. Fast forward, he lived to be 55 years of age, just passing away on March 14, 2019, 2 months shy of those 55 years. He beat the odds with 50 extended years of life. What does this say "God has the last word".
Randy was allowed to go outside but where we lived and grew up, he knew not to venture off too far from the front door. At times he would test the waters a little but because everyone knew him and knew the rules, they would simple say "Randy I'm telling Ms. Mattie on you". He would, believe it or not shush folks but at the same time make his way back to the front door.
Growing up with Randy, you grew to understand what he thought from time to time. Randy would always find himself with a broom sweeping and even picking up the trash in his neighborhood. Made it easy for the maintenance grounds crew . Our mother would always yell at him, telling him, he was going to pick up something and get stuck. Smart in his own right, he knew to go get gloves and continue to clean up outside. It simply gave him something to do, a sense of purpose that he enjoyed.. Never complained and so for that, is why I formed, "JOHN RANDY FOUNDATION, INC. A NJ Nonprofit 501(c)(3)", in his honor!
May 15, 1964 - March 14, 2019
3/06/21 - Hunger Free Unity In The Community Food Pantry alongside John Randy Foundation distributing new children's coats, tops, glove and more. 50 Clinton/Madison Avenues 10:00am - 1:00pm. Bring bags and wear mask!!!!