Team Mariah T -12

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Mariah, 18 was involved in a single car accident on the morning of December 17, 2017 that broke her back and severed her spinal cord at the T12 level. She had no medical insurance.

 

Mariah is a barrel racer and works at a Vet clinic helping injured animals. She was released in just 4 weeks to begin recovery therapy with hope of walking again. She is so ready to get to work rehabilitating her body and needs help funding her sessions in order to have hope for a chance to get her young and otherwise healthy body strong again.

 

We will be funding some of her therapy sessions in the future and if you would like to help support her family's expenses with travel, home modifications, special equipment for riding and other medical needs, her fundraising link is below.

https://www.gofundme.com/mariah-knieriems-family-expenses

 

There are also several fundraisers planned for Mariah coming up soon. You can follow her Facebook page at Mariah Strong. https://www.facebook.com/groups/136659490356562/

In October, 2018 Mariah was hit by an unlicensed driver who ran a stop sign causing her truck to flip. Her boyfriend Cameron was fatally injured in the crash just a few weeks after this picture was taken by fellow Spinal Injured Aaron Lopez.  Within less than a year, Mariah suffered two tragic vehicle accidents, the first leaving her paralyzed; the second claiming the love of her life. Please be an attentive and responsible driver. A few seconds can change lives forever.  Cameron was a Godly example of what a great man should be like. He will always be remembered by Mariah's Team Tighten Family.

In Memory Of 

Cameron Joshua Meredith

1/14/99 - 10/13/18

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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