Destiny Lucia via Crowdrise
April 14, 2013
BENEFITING: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
ORGANIZER: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
A little over two years ago, I was working at Spaulding Rehab when I got a phone call from my Dad. It was the kind of phone call you never, ever want to get.
"Your brother is in an ambulance, we think he broke his neck"
I can't even begin to tell you the panic and fear I felt while I drove the two hours to Maine to be with my brother and my family, but the next thing I do remember is when Dylan's neurosurgeon walked into the waiting room to tell us about my brother's condition. He told us that Dylan was doing well, but he most likely would never walk again.
I had only worked at Spaulding for 10 months, but even during that short time, I had seen some of the most amazing recoveries. This gave me hope when I went into my brother's room in the Intensive Care Unit, heavy with the knowledge of this prognosis.
Not long after the nurses left my brother, who could not move or feel his left leg, asked me what his neurosurgeon told us about his injury. I could not let my brother believe that he would never walk again, so I lied. I told him they didn't know how he would heal, but if he wanted to walk again, and he worked for it, then it was possible. Lucky for me, my brother believed me.
Dylan was admitted to Spaulding a few weeks later, and over the next several weeks he worked hard with his therapists everyday. One day, while I was working, Dylan surprised me by WALKING by my desk.
My brother Dylan is my hero, he is the reason I am running the Boston Marathon. He showed such strength and determination throughout his recovery, and continues to work hard, over two years later. And I never forget that he would never be where he is today without the wonderful team of therapists, nurses and doctors that supported him during his recovery at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
Spaulding supports people like Dylan every day to make miraculous recoveries. If you are visiting this page, I hope it is because you are considering donating! Please help support me by making a tax-deductible donation that will help Spaulding continue to help patients and families.
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Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital wrote -
As our Race for Rehab Marathon Team trains to complete the historic 26.2 miles in April, Spaulding is getting closer to crossing another finish line.
In April 2013, Spaulding will move to a brand new facility in Charlestown. This state-of-the-art facility will be a special resource for Greater Boston, New England, and beyond. It will greatly enhance clinical capacities, provide comfortable and accessible patient accommodations, promote a truly transformative clinical research enterprise, and be a source of aesthetic enjoyment for the community.
Located on a beautiful site with harbor views and dock facilities for therapeutic water sports and community use. The design supports a holistic therapeutic approach that will help restore patients’ independence and facilitate their transition back into the community, while at the same time welcoming the public, at all levels of ability and mobility.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital's journey started in 1970. Now, one of the largest and most sophisticated rehabilitation networks in the United States, Spaulding provides comprehensive rehabilitation services. With the flagship location in Boston, MA, the network is made up of Spaulding Boston, Spaulding Cape Cod, Spaulding North Shore, Spaulding Cambridge, 23 outpatient centers and two skilled nursing facilities throughout Massachusetts.
Our dedicated team of specialists help patients get back into the action of their every day lives as soon as possible – often with astonishing results. Our motto, "Find Your Stength" reflects this mission. The Race for Rehab team will Find Their Strength as they take on this amazing endeavor - and we can't wait to greet them at the finish in April 2013.
For more information on Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the Race for Rehab team, please contact Taylor Austin, Special Events Coordinator at 617-573-2992 or email@example.com.