On April 22, 2017 I will race in Ironman Texas and race for the Falling Forward Foundation which is under the Greater Kansas City Community Fund for the 3rd year in a row. This foundation helps change patients lives who are recovering from catastrophic medical issues (Spinal Cord Injuries, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Strokes). They provide funding that allows patients to continue their rehabilitation, recover to their fullest potential and to move forward in their lives.
In August of 2011, Sam Porritt one of my good friends suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted from an accident in falling off a 15 foot wall while he was on vacation in Italy. Sam's injury initially caused paralysis from the waist down. His recovery from such a catastrophic injury was a long one. Thankfully, Sam learned he had a unique insurance policy with no limits on medical rehabilitation. As a result, Sam had daily physical therapy for almost one year and continues in therapy still today. With the skill and support of many rehabilitation professionals, Sam is now six years later able to walk with a cane, drive a car, and work part-time.
Sam launched the Foundation in August of 2013. During his more than two years in rehab, Sam saw the need first-hand. He met hundreds of patients whose recoveries were cut short when their insurance benefits stopped and they were unable to pay out of their own pockets.
Please help me in raising money for the Falling Forward Foundation and making a difference in the lives of individuals who can't afford to get the help they need for Spinal Cord Injuries, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Strokes. More information about the Falling Forward Foundation can be found at: http://www.fallingforward.org/
Thank you for your support.
"Don't give up, Don't ever give up!" - Jim Valvano
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