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Community comes together to hold homecoming car parade in Corfu

Posted at 7:52 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 07:52:12-04

CORFU, N.Y. (WKBW) — A community has come together for a man who has been through a lot this year.

Kenneth Ingalsbe's struggles began before the coronavirus pandemic, and COVID-19 has only made things more challenging.

Ingalsbe was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome six months ago.

The disease attacked his entire body, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.

His family was not able to visit him in the hospital once the pandemic started.

He survived, but the National Institutes of Health say about 30 percent of patients do not.

"The guy beside me had the same disease, he died five weeks ago, just a shame," Ingalsbe said. "Here when I entered the same bedroom, I thought he was going to go home."

Ingalsbe's family and friends put together a car parade for him at his home in Corfu.

He says he has been learning to walk again, but is otherwise doing much better.