Chris Patterson wrote -
When our daughter, Kacey’s, C7 vertebrae was shattered in a single car, rollover accident on July 29, 2009, she became one of approximately 12,000 people in the United States who suffer a Spinal Cord Injury each year. After receiving excellent Emergency and Intensive Care at West Virginia University Hospital, she was flown to THE SHEPHERD CENTER in Atlanta, GA where she started her rehab with no sensation or mobility from the chest down. Today, almost 3 years later, with incredible determination and a fierce dedication to her recovery, Kacey has full sensation and continues to regain strength and mobility in both legs; she's now able to stand and walk with assistance from her therapists and is currently participating in an activity based exercise program at Shepherd called Beyond Therapy. From Day One, our mantra has been "Hope. Dream. Believe." and I have every faith and confidence that Kacey WILL walk and run again!
Spinal Cord Injury, and the subsequent related health problems, is a chronic, lifelong condition that exacts an immense physical, mental and emotional toll on the victim and, to a lesser degree, on their family and loved ones. Due to the exorbitant costs associated with recovery and rehab and Insurance companies refusing to cover the majority of the recommended (and necessary) therapies, the financial impact can be as crippling as the injury itself. Family and friends sponsored a Fundraiser for Kacey that provided for much of her medical and therapy needs after completing the initial Shepherd Center rehab programs; however, the therapy she received her first 3 months post-injury was only possible due to Shepherd's charitable foundation. Quite simply, there is no way Kacey would have been able to take full advantage of the Inpatient, Day Program and Outpatient services in their entirety if not for the Shepherd Center's philanthropy; without these services, there's no way Kacey would have made the progress she's made to date. We owe them a debt of gratitude I know we can never fully repay, but if at all possible, I'd love to give something back!
Speaking of “back” … as in “back of the pack” … that’s where you’ll find me come July 4th when they kick off the 43rd annual Peachtree Road Race and I kick off my first ever "Running for Those Who Can't" Fundraiser! Not to worry, it’s the perfect spot for the ‘less than adept’ athlete and I fully intend to ‘draft’ off the 60,000 ‘fleet-footers’ ahead of me. But believe you me, I really could use your help with all of this!! “Help” can be in the form of a Tax deductible donation to the Shepherd Center Foundation or walking, running and/or pushing me up “Cardiac Hill”. Or BOTH! I’d love to have your support … and the company!
For the sake of completing my donation site, I set a fundraising goal of $3600 for a couple reasons …. July 2012 will be 36 months since Kacey’s accident and $3600, coincidentally, covers the cost of 4 weeks (and 36 hours) in Beyond Therapy. If I could raise at least that much money, I would feel like we’ve started to “Pay it Forward” and no matter the outcome, it would certainly be more than I’ve ever contributed to an athletic event OR a fundraiser by just staying home on the couch! Don’t feel like you have to hold yourself to that modest target, tho’ … raising even MORE would truly be amazing!!
If you believe in this mission ... and you’d like to help sponsor a miracle … please click the DONATE button and make your Tax deductible donation today to the Shepherd Center Foundation. For those of you who would prefer to send a check rather than donate online, please make your checks payable to Shepherd Center Foundation but mail them to: Chris Patterson 2315 Wildwood Lake Dr. Suwanee, GA 30024. We're at Shepherd 2-3 times a week and I'll be sure they get to the right person and applied specifically to Shepherd's Patient Care Fund. Please feel free to forward this to anybody and everybody you know ... and go ahead and share it on Facebook and Twitter, too ... together we can really make a difference! Thank you all so very much ... I truly appreciate this more than you can ever know!! :)