Michele Leone via Crowdrise
April 15, 2013
BENEFITING: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
ORGANIZER: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
Why am I running with Spaulding's Race for Rehab Team?
A little over 8 years ago - on a beautiful fall Saturday morning - my life and my husband's life changed forever. While fixing a board at the roof line of our house, my husband Dave encountered a hornet's nest and stepped back off the ladder. He fell 25 feet to the ground, breaking his back and crushing his spinal cord. We were told in the emergency room that Dave would never walk again. After a week in the ICU, surgery to stabilize his spine and a week of post-op recovery, Dave was transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA. That is where our journey with Spaulding began ....
Dave spent 7 weeks in in-patient care at Spaulding Hospital learning to adapt to his injury and re-learning the things that you and I take for granted. The team of doctors, physical therapists, nurses and other care givers were amazing. Not only did they help him re-gain his independence, but they also helped prepare us for his return home by coming to our house to help me understand what modifications would be needed to allow us to continue to live in our home in Millis. We loved our house and neighborhood and were determined to make it work here.
Seven weeks after being admitted to Spaulding, Dave was released to begin the next leg of his recovery with the help of Spaulding outpatient therapy. One month later, our son Ryan was born 11 weeks early and weighing in at just 3 pounds. Spaulding was there for us once again and helped Dave find creative ways to do the things that most parents take for granted, such as lifting a newborn from his crib and carrying him around the house or store.
Eight years later, our lives have returned to our new "normal". We continue to live in Millis, work full-time and enjoy life with our son Ryan. Among other things, Dave coaches Ryan's soccer team, plays catch with Ryan in the yard and takes in the occasional Red Sox game at Fenway. Thanks to Spaulding he has learned to overcome his limitations and not let his wheelchair hold him back.
We would not be where we are today without the care and support of our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers at National Grid and GZA, and Spaulding! I am running on Spaulding's Race for Rehab 2013 Boston Marathon Team to give back for everything that they have done for us and to support the work they are doing to create a better future for their patients. Spaulding and its amazing staff of doctors, therapists, nurses and other caregivers gave Dave care and compassion at one of the lowest points in his life and I want to give back to Spaulding for that. I also firmly believe that Dave and others with spinal cord injuries will walk again someday and that Spaulding will be instrumental in that endeavour!!
To see a great Boston Globe 2 minute video of Dave walking in the e-Legs trial at Spaulding, click this link: http://www.facebook.com/SpauldingRehab/posts/221502054574746
Dave has been a great inspiration to me with all that he has fought through to get his life back - as a husband, a father, a friend and co-worker. If he has the strength to do that, I can train to run 26.2 miles!!
I hope that you and your loved ones will never need major rehabilitation care, but if you do the care that Spaulding provides is unsurpassed! Given what they have done for their patients in their old facility, I can only imagine what they will be able to accomplish once their new hospital in Charlestown opens in April 2013!!
I am also running in memory of both my grandmother (Thelma) and Dave's grandmother (Goomie) - both of whom recently passed away. They were both strong, amazing woman who were an inspiration to me and Dave.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.