Team BRYCE    C4-5

"My name is Bryce Snively, and as you can see I'm in a wheel chair. I was born and grew up in Winter Haven, Florida. My parents got a divorce when I was young so I lived with my mom and older brother most of the time. As a kid I enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding four wheelers, dirt bikes, and mostly everything outdoors.  Growing up I always heard "don't drink and drive," but I always thought "nah I'm a good driver that could never happen to me." On April 28,2007 when I was 19 I made a bad decision and got behind the wheel while intoxicated. I was driving too fast around a curve and flipped into a tree. I don't remember the crash. I do remember leaving a friends house blasting my stereo and after the crash at the scene when firefighters and paramedics had their bright lights on my car trying to get me out with the jaws of life. I didn't feel any pain because I broke my neck and severed my spinal cord which paralyzed me instantly from the chest down.  My body is still numb from my chest down today. I was in the hospital for a month but I don't remember the first week because of all the medication I was on from surgery on my neck and leg. After the hospital I was flown to a rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta for 2 months for physical therapy. I finally came home and lived with my mom in Lake Wales as she took care of me for about five years. When I came home I still wanted to hang out and party. That was a rough and depressing time for both of us. A lot of friends stopped coming around and I became very lonely. It was a big change, I just couldn't come and go and do whatever I wanted. I remember praying to God in my dark room for change. I finally got motivated and now live by myself, drive myself, and thankfully have a lot of independence back. It still isn't easy, but I am just thankful to be alive. I am here to try to make a difference and help save lives from bad decisions. I never thought this could happen to me, but it could happen to anybody.

 

Tighten The Drag Foundation stepped into my story in 2017. I haven't been in physical therapy or even had any weight-bearing exercises since I was discharged in 2007. They've helped get me back into therapy and now I'm working out again at the Center of Recovery and Exercise. For this, I am extremely thankful."

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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