While serving his first tour, USMC Sgt John Peck suffered a traumatic brain injury from an improvised explosive device (IED). Once healed, John was determined to rejoin his brothers. Two years later, he returned to his unit in Afghanistan.
During his second tour, on May 24, 2010, John was severely injured by another IED. In that moment he recalls thinking, “I don’t want to die here, please don’t let me die here.”
The explosion immediately took both of his legs and his left arm. Later, due to a severe infection, his right arm was amputated as well. John was in a coma for three months. It took him over two years to recover.
On Veterans Day 2012, John was handed the keys and iPad to his new custom specially adapted smart home in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
After several years John was forced to sell his beautiful custom home and move to Edgewater NJ for a shorter commute for his therapy.
In August of 2016, John underwent a bilateral arm transplant. Doctors say that with this transplant, John will eventually be able to feel, grasp, and hold on again.
He is presently pursuing a degree in political science.
He is joined now with his beautiful wife of 4 years, Jessica.
Although we ride in the memory of our fallen Piscataway Police Officer Julia Ceres.
This years Julia Ride we ride for USMC Sgt. John Peck. Reading this Marine's Bio, it just brings you to your knees, just imagining how he went through this, non the less survived this. He is a Marine! He had a mind set to Adapt and Overcome, that's what allowed him to deal with his physical and mental state.
Today Sgt. Peck lives here in NJ with his beautiful wife of 4 years, Jessica.
Although the military has paid for most of his medical bills and other organizations have assisted in living conditions in another state, he and his wife had to move to NJ.
Now Sgt. Peck needs our assistance in renovations to his home in Edgewater, NJ. Presently he has contractors assisting with renovations to improving his accessibility to their bathrooms and other areas of their home so he can maintain some sort of normalcy living there with his wife.
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