Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School via Crowdrise
March 19, 2012
Deborah Cole wrote -
As Havah and Leah look forward to their Bat Mitzvah on July 7, they have decided to donate the money that was planned for their celebratory party to help their friend Sarah. This is Havah and Leah's Mitzvah Project, redirecting resources from consumption to tikkun olam, the repair of the world.
Sarah is 10 years old and a 5th grader at Knoxville Jewish Day School. On May 28, 2011 she was injured in a horrific traffic accident in Knoxville. She suffered a spinal cord injury and is paralyzed from the waist down.
Sarah hopes to go to Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center in Atlanta for months of intensive physical therapy. Sarah's doctors believe she is a good candidate for this type of neurorecovery work, as she is extremely motivated and recently lifted her leg. The hope is that Sarah can regain some movement, possibly even learning to walk again.
Project Walk (along with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and others) has successfully rehabilitated many spinal cord injured paraplegics; many have regained function and some are walking. Read about it here: http://www.projectwalk.org/
Sarah's school and her family and friends are working to raise funds to help pay for her recovery. The good people at Project Walk in Atlanta are also working to help reduce costs for Sarah and her family, who would otherwise not be able to afford this therapy, which is not covered by insurance.
Havah and Leah have given up their Bat Mitzvah party to help, and they are now asking you to help as well.
Please click the orange donate button! Thank-you very much!