83-year-old John still cutting lawns and still inspiring others

Billy Soden
By Billy Soden
March 7, 2017Storiesshare

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John Joyce is a remarkable man. He is 83-years-old, lives in Florida, and continues to cut the lawns of his customers with his push mower. As if being 83 and continuing to provide physical labor in the warm days in Florida weren’t enough, there’s more to the story. Joyce owned a truck. That’s how he carried his lawnmower and other equipment from client to client. But as vehicles tend to do on occasion, his broke down.

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Robert and Nikki Norton are a couple that John works for. When his truck broke down, Joyce didn’t mention it. Not a peep. He had it in the repair shop to be fixed, but the repair shop ended up doing exactly the opposite. That left John without a truck! Did he tell anyone? Nope. He would push his mower 2 1/2 miles down the street to continue to cut lawns. When Robert and Nikki found out (they are big fans and an inspiration to them), they decided to help him out. They created a GoFundMe account and collected $13,000 after sharing John’s story with some generous folks from the internet. John is no longer walking to work, but he’s still working. Respect.

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