Remembering Jimmy ‘Wheels’ Hoffland

LA CROSSE, WI (September 16, 2013) — On a recent summer day, Jimmy ‘Wheels’ Hoffland, who lived with cerebral palsy, left his wheelchair behind to enjoy his newfound freedom. With his passing from this earth, Mr. Hoffland’s many friends felt lucky to have known such an inspiring, head-banging rock and roller.

In loving memory of Jimmy “Wheels” Hoffland who received supports through ResCare HomeCare. Photo courtesy of Mr. Hoffland’s Family and Brenda Will.

In loving memory of Jimmy “Wheels” Hoffland who received supports through ResCare HomeCare.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Hoffland’s Family and Brenda Will.

ResCare Direct Care Professional Brenda Will, who has been with ResCare for 20 years, spent six years with Mr. Hoffland. Ms. Will’s tenderheartedness and selfless care allowed her to form a friendship with “Wheels” like no one had before.

“He wasn’t very close to his family,” Ms. Will said. “Before I came along, he had gone through about 20 workers. People just didn’t understand that there were some things he could do and some things he couldn’t do.”

Ms. Will believed in Mr. Hoffland as much as he believed in himself.

“He had so many goals in life,” Ms. Will said. “He would always say ‘I’m going to get married, start a band, and have kids.’ His disabilities never got in the way of his positive attitude.”

ResCare prides itself on the care and genuine selflessness of caregivers like Ms. Will. Her goal to make an impact on everyone she comes in contact with is evident.

“We might be the only ones that they see for the week,” Ms. Will said. “I’m going to go in and make it about their day and go in with smile on my face. No matter how my day is going, it’s about them.”

Jimmy Hoffland was buried in his hometown, Liberty Pole. Friends and family joined in a memorial service beforehand as they wished Mr. Hoffland the best in his new infinite adventure.

Read more about the heartwarming story of Jimmy Hoffland here.

Author: Moriah Dietrich