A lot of his gear somehow survived the crash, but a four-figure camera lens, a $300 flash and other pieces of equipment were damaged beyond repair. Though insurance is covering the car, it's unlikely Joyce will ever recoup the cost of the equipment he bought by reinvesting the earnings from his photography projects. It added heartbreak to injury.
That's when a friend of the Joyce family and fellow Voorheesville grad stepped in. Liz Funk has launched on online fundraiser to help Joyce replace at least his camera lens.
"I think the best thing about living in a small town is that people know each other. ... People always come together and try to help in some way," she said. "Because he had this photography gift, there's a decent percentage of homes in Voorheesville that have pictures that Mitchell has taken of Voorheesville graduations in their homes on their walls."
Joyce was discharged from the hospital after several surgeries
Even while he is wheelchair bound, Joyce is still managing to take photos in and around his boyhood home, and is itching to get back to his business. Though the accident happened just days before the 2011 Voorheesville graduation, he was still able to have another photographer cover the event. His work can be viewed at icantakeyourpicture.com.
To donate to the equipment fund, visit miyo2272.chipin.com to make a secure gift. You can also find the fundraising effort on Facebook. Joyce's studio website has more information on all of his services.""