HICKORY GROVE, S.C. (CBS Charlotte) — A 20-year-old South Carolina man is selling doughnuts to raise money to buy new $120,000 prosthetic legs.
Joey Funderburk is currently selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts in front of local stores because his insurance company won’t cover the cost of new legs he needs because he has outgrown the old ones.
“I’ve got to sell thousands upon thousands of doughnuts, but sitting on the couch is not gonna get you a set of legs,” Funderburk, who was born in a Romanian orphanage with a birth defect that cost him the use of his legs, told WBTV.
Funderburk is 25 pounds over the weight limit of his current prosthetic legs which is causing him to fall on a constant basis, but his insurance company won’t cover him because there hasn’t been a change in his medical condition.
“We are very grateful that he hasn’t been seriously injured yet from these falls,” Chrystal Funderburk, Joey’s mother, said on his fundraising website. “His doctor has informed us that it is very dangerous to continue using legs designed for someone much smaller, because the knees tend to let go. When this happens, he falls backward and cannot catch himself.”
According to WCCB-TV, Joey Funderburk has raised $2,000 so far.
The Funderburks believe their faith will help their son get the prosthetic legs he needs.
“We know and trust that God will provide, as He always has!” the fundraising website states. “We also believe that we must do everything within our power to raise these funds.”