Help my brother ryan to walk again
Organized by: kiahna sherman
Approximately 259,000 people in the United States live with a spinal cord injury. Their lives have been irrevocably changed. Some receive the help they need to move forward Some do not. One of the most devastating of all spinal cord injuries is paraplegia. This condition often involves paralysis of the lower extremities. Many paraplegics are extremely lucky to be alive – but it’s a bitter pill to swallow. Some paraplegics have the financial resources to help them gain access to advanced resources with programs that will teach them how to navigate their new world (which is often very sudden) and move on to an independent state they never imagined could be possible. But those who do not have these resources flounder in place as they continue to try to be brave and not succumb to despondency. My brother is a quadriplegic. He can’t walk, and he can’t control his hands or fingers. He's been paralyzed for 11 years. I have watched him struggle to find a place of normalcy in his life, but at times when I witness his frustration – which I believe is the first step to complete despair, I weep inside. He is incredibly brave today, but he may not have the fortitude to continue that courage to progress on his own. I have launched this fundraiser to surprise and help him take advantage of a wonderful project that I have discovered. The project is called Project Walk®. If you go on its website, you will see that Project Walk® is the world leader in paralysis recovery. It provides an improved quality of life for people with disabilities through intense activity-based recovery programs, education, training, research and development. They recognize that every ‘client has unique needs,’ and offer multiple programs to best meet these needs. But it comes at a cost – a cost that I don’t have. Project Walk® has an amazing program to help my brother develop better use of his hands. With your help, he can one day live a productive, independent life. Thanks to advances in medical science, paraplegics today are living longer, healthier lives despite their disabilities. I want my brother to be one of them! With the right support and training, he will be able to return to a life of independence – which is the one thing he desperately wants. Please help me give this gift to him. It will be the one gift that will show him how much I love and believe in him. But just as importantly, this program will help him believe in himself again!!! I thank you from the bottom of my heart.