I have had the great opportunity to know Josh for several years. It started with the Buckeye Treasure Hunter forum I built many years back. Josh was a regular member on there but I didn’t really get to know Josh until he called me up one day and I have considered him a friend ever since.
Believe it or not I have never met Josh in person, yet he is one of my closest friends and we have spent countless hours talking about metal detecting and everything else you can imagine. He is one of the most passionate people I have ever met about the hobby and that is what led him to start the “Beyond Sight and Sound” podcast over four years ago. He started it because he wants to promote the hobby and still today, that’s his goal. Josh doesn’t do it for recognition and it amazes me with some of the people he has met and talked to in this hobby he’s still the same old Josh.
Josh has entertained and helped so many people in the hobby because of his passion. He has advertised for people (including me) without any gain but simply because it was a product he liked or something he supported. He has done more for the metal detecting community than anyone else I personally know and he needs our help.
Josh has been legally blind since he was a teenager. He has never let that stop him in anything he wanted to pursue though including working and metal detecting. Recently though Josh was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. He was finding himself off balance, fatigued and he felt like he was losing his strength. Earlier this year they finally figured it out. He has had some ups and downs with his medicine and even doctors yet he has stayed positive throughout. To tell you what kind of guy he is, Bob Washabaugh and I started a Podcast (Josh’s show inspired us) a few months back and without Josh’s help it wouldn’t have been possible. He spent countless hours talking me through issues and troubleshooting with me, he has been our biggest supporter and often mentions us on his podcast. Josh gets a shot every other Monday that really messes him up for a few days and eve longer. I have accidently called Josh on days he has had his shot to ask for help troubleshooting issues with our podcast and even through all the pain and as bad as the shot leaves him he will answer the phone and help me! (Sorry Josh!)
Josh is no longer able to work the job he was at, at least not for now. It seems like about the time he is feeling better from his shot it’s time for another. I know it can’t be easy, yet somehow, he stays positive. With doctor bills piling up a few things have been done to raise money. I know someone started a “go fund me” page for josh and Barbara Connell is having an auction starting tomorrow night (7/6/2017) at 5:00 P.M. EST. and the Facebook group is “Josh Kimmel Auction fund raiser”
If you can, please join the auction and bid on something, there are some great things that have been donated. If nothing else please pass the information along so others can check out the auction.
- You can also donate to Josh’s medical fund HERE
- Auction starts tomorrow night 7/6/2017 at 5 p.m. EST and the Facebook group for the auction can be found HERE
Thank you to all of those who took the time to read this and PLEASE pass it on!