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Madonna staff surprise patient with T-shirts showing support

September 14, 2016

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LINCOLN, Neb. (MADONNA)--Madonna patient Joey Bierman, who is recovering from a spinal cord injury, got a surprise from a group of nurses, nurse aides and a respiratory therapist Thursday. #JPBStrong #NowYouCan

With some secret planning, Madonna staff revealed a surprise show of support for 23-year-old Joey Bierman.

“Awweee, puppy!” he said.

Though a dog nearly stole the show, the group proudly wore their green shirts, a color that represents spinal cord injury awareness.

“That’s awesome you guys bought them behind my back!” said Joey.

Even Joey’s family was in on the surprise.

“Your mom knew. I told her,” said one of the nurses.

“She does keep secrets,” Joey replied.

“It was a big surprise. I’m very happy to see the love and support that I get from everybody,” he added.

The shirts also feature a message of faith on the back:

“I have faith that God is living out a divine plan through me. Have faith in God.” Mark 11:22