On Sept 13, 2011, Chris was in a terrible car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down with a C6 fracture. At the time of Chris's accident, he was uninsured and after being told he would be released from the hospital and be sent home with no opportunity for rehabiliation, his mother Terrie, went on a mission to find a facility that would take Christopher as a candidate for recovery. Brooks Rehab Hospital in Jacksonville accepted him and he soon began showing improvement after daily therapy. After his allowed stay (5 weeks) Brooks discharged him just as he was showing tremendous improvement. His mother and Christopher decided they would stay in Jacksonville for 24 months on an outpatient basis and attend the facility Neuro Recovery Center .

In December 2012, after 15 months of therapy, Chris WALKED on his own with a walker for the first time! Christopher proved everyone wrong who initially told his family that he would never walk again. A common practice it seems in the medical field with Spinal Cord Injuries. Because they are all so complex and each person recovers differently, there are NO certainties about that projection.

Research has shown that locomotor training which Christopher took part in regularly, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Aquatherapy, and weight bearing therapy is critical for recovery.

Christopher is very active in the Adaptive Sports Program in Jacksonville sponsored by Brooks Rehab Hospital and enjoys hunting, archery, billards, and rowing.

Christopher is now driving and his family continues to fundraise to accommodate the adaptive equipment he needs until he has fully recovered. You can help contribute to Christopher directly by visiting his Facebook page which will take you to his Fundrazr link.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/348831298571225/#!/pages/Chris-Howell-Rehabilitation-Fund/292114237471361

JANUARY 2016

For those who go way back with us, Chris was one of the first injured that we vowed to help. He was a C6 level spinal cord injury, involved in a serious car accident but after 3 months of daily rehab, he was beginning to have movement. His family fought to keep him in therapy to continue his progress and today, he is walking and has feeling in his limbs even though it is not completely normal. Since his accident, Chris has started driving again, bought a home, works part time at his rehab center, participates in adaptive sports programs like hunting, archery and skeet shooting. He participates in charity walks with his rehab center and has been able to improve each time on the distance. Chris is another example of why we work so hard to give individuals who are told they have "no hope" of walking again EVERY opportunity to try! Funding is the #1 reason that most injured NEVER have a chance to improve and progress because therapy becomes impossible to afford. Thank you Chris for being one of the 3% who made it happen and continue to live life. Heres a few pics Chris updated us with of life today.

#TeamChristopher 

Mission Statement:

To extend the OPPORTUNITY for recovery and a better quality of life for those who have suffered 

a life changing paralyzing Spinal Cord Injury as a result of a catastrophic accident. 

Spinal Cord Injuries

The average newly injured person with a spinal cord injury will incur 1 million dollars in medical costs in their first year. If you are injured at age 25, your estimated lifetime costs will exceed 5 million dollars.  The average yearly medical costs after the first year can average $50,000-$100,000 depending on the level of injury. 

​ There are approximately 17,500 new spinal cord injuries in the US every year. There are over a half million people living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the United States.

Every 38 minutes in our country, a person becomes paralyzed. Vehicle accidents are the leading cause, with Falls being the second leading cause.

Sports related injuries are less than 10% of all spinal cord injuries but of the 10%, diving accidents account for 7%. 

There are over 5.6 million people in the US living with some type of Paralysis caused by Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer,

Spinal Cord Injury, Transverse Myelitis and other nervous system disorders. Roughly 1 in 50 people.

 

 

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