Jennifer Donovan wrote -
This is our 14th annual Cheers to the Holidays party!!! We hope to raise more money for charity this year than ever before...with the help of CrowdRise!!!
We are supporting the Paraplegic Association of Ontario - in honor of our good friend Dave Kemp's (in his 40's, married to an incredible wife Cindy, who together have two teenage boys) struggle and continuing journey after his spinal chord stroke two years ago. He is a paraplegic as a result and has undergone multiple surgeries, trips to California for special therapy and treatments and has been working extremely hard to regain the strength in his body and legs to attempt to walk again. See the video...truly a miracle! Through provideInc which is a local-based charity helping charities globally, our charitable gifts will be used to help Dave and others like him:
CPA Mission Statement
To assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation.
MESSAGE FROM CINDY KEMP - DAVE'S WIFE
Dave wanted to share this video I took Friday November 11, 2011. As you can see he only had a one line comment: "This is a bit of a milestone for us so I thought I should pass it on. Good things are happening. Dave"
I on the other hand feel it necessary to comment further so you can really understand how important this actually is. As you will notice his upper body is well developed along with his arms. As well he is now able to fire up his gluts which have been dormant for the past 28 months. They are still weak and we hope to be able to work that area in hopes that Dave will be able to use his legs and not his arms to help him get into a standing position in order to walk in the walker.
The short distance was approx. 30 steps, what you didn't see is that he did it 3 times. So he is now able to get approx. 100 "very good" steps in. By this I mean his ankles are not rolling, he doesn't need assistance (we are only there "in case" he should stumble).
It's because of friends like all of you who continue to encourage us, support us and cheer us on that Dave is where he is today. As you all are aware this has not been an easy journey and there has been many bumps along the way but when something positive happens we feel compelled to share with our close friends.