Tighten The Drag Foundation has changed my life! This foundation has helped me get to go to Activity Based Restorative Therapy that insurance will not cover. It has helped me improve my physical and mental health during this life changing experience. Words cannot express how grateful I am for this foundation and all it's supporters. Thank you all so much! God Bless.
On May 11, 2016, I became a Quadriplegic after falling off my BMX bike at 17 avoiding another rider. When I got out of the hospital and returned home after my injury, Tighten The Drag Foundation reached out to my family giving us an opportunity to learn about their mission and become a part of it. Not only do they raise funds for people with Spinal Cord Injuries but they also help connect those with the injury and their families by getting everyone together once a year. This gives us the chance to be able to network with each other and an opportunity to learn about different technologies, healthcare, health insurance, and even Grants to better support us and make our lives easier! I cannot express enough how much I have learned by having the opportunity to attend this event every year and be able to just talk and become friends with others who have sustained a spinal cord injury like myself and get to know their families. I cannot thank Tighten The Drag Foundation enough for all that they have done for me and the others like me. If you're looking to support any type of fundraiser, this is an awesome one to support!
I served in the US Army for 26 years as a Captain. In Dec 2013 all of that changed when I was involved in a motorcycle crash that left me paralyzed from my chest down. Living all by myself with no family around in California, I had to learn to rely on myself and on the few people that I knew to help me.
I learned about Tighten The Drag Foundation while still living in California and even promoted them all over the US at different events. It's a phenomenal organization that has helped me a lot after I moved to Florida by providing therapy and supporting my paralympic dreams. It's also very nice just to go out on a boat for a relaxing day of therapy and camaraderie. This organization is about more than just handing out checks for therapy assistance, it's all about creating a community of family. We try to help each other and give one another assistance as much as possible. I strongly encourage anyone that is looking to help to donate to this organization that really does amazing things for people with Spinal Cord Injuries. You never know what you have until you lose it and it's nice to have an organization to turn to for help and support.
I became a Quadriplegic at 21 years old. For the first three years I lived in Boston and because I could no longer regulate my temperature (side effect of spinal cord injury) it was hard for me to get out much because it was so cold most of the year. I met a few other people that were injured through physical therapy but that was really it. When I moved to Florida to be in warmer weather, I was excited to meet people that were injured but there weren't that many people that lived near me that I was able to find in northern Florida. Luckily, Tighten The Drag Foundation reached out to me and I learned about their mission! Once a year, they have a fishing tournament fundraiser for people with spinal cord injuries and their families. So exciting! I was never great at fishing but this was such a cool opportunity for me and my fiance! The first year we had an absolute blast! But not only was the fishing so much fun, but it was also meeting all the other people with spinal cord injuries and their families! These people are now lifelong friends of mine and I have learned so much from them about living with this injury and many other things like adaptive equipment, insurance information and caregiving. When you become injured, what you truly need is to find these people in your life that will not only help you but support you and be there for you when you need them! It's such a fun weekend because you have the time to spend with everyone and really get to know them and openly speak about your injury which is such a great feeling! Every cent that is donated to Tighten The Drag Foundation is used to help the people with spinal cord injuries and making our quality of life better! I am beyond grateful for Tighten The Drag Foundation and cannot wait for the next event!
Tighten The Drag Foundation has brought so many families that are dealing with the same type of injury. Spinal Cord injuries are unique when comparing them to others. However, the long term care for the individual is a comparable uphill battle. I'm so thankful that they encouraged my husband Ian and myself to come to our first retreat in 2019. We were nervous meeting the rest of the families at first and quite reserved, but as the weekend progressed, we made lots of new friends and over the years have gained another family. My husband has been injured since 1991, for 32 years now. I believe he is one of the longest injured in the group. We have been married for 16 years. I never thought twice about becoming his Caregiver, taking over for his mom when we got married. I think our story is encouraging to some of the parents bringing their injured children to the events. There is HOPE that normal things like marriage and relationships are possible. I love my husband, not the wheelchair and see his individual character & personality. I think it is so important for parents to remember that. Tighten The Drag Foundation has built an incredible foundation helping families offset the costs of things like medical supplies, therapy & other things not covered by insurance. But more importantly, they have created a FAMILY. Please support this amazing foundation as it strives to make a difference in the lives of amazing people dealing with a tragic injury, as they try to live as normal a life as possible.
IMAGINE a life changing injury where something as simple as picking your nose gets taken away, and you have nowhere to turn? That's where nonprofits such as Tighten The Drag Foundation have changed my life and if we're being honest, the trajectory of my entire future. Spinal Cord Injuries do not discriminate and any single one of us can be impacted by one. I broke my neck when I was 18 years old and as you can fathom, it was devastating. A few years after that, Tighten The Drag Foundation came into my life. The best part of their events are, without a doubt, the fellow Injured...their quirks, humor and endless stories. I credit meeting so many of my current friends to these fundraisers. My life and everything I have been able to accomplish since becoming a Quadriplegic keeps coming back to the same thing, and that's HOPE. The Hope that Team Tighten facilitates is unmatched. The time and resources people donate to Tighten The Drag Foundation are not wasted and all money raised goes to the best of causes...and that's helping us. I've always had a fire under my arse, and I guess you can say I never knew how to properly channel it. I now know that I am driven to help as many people as possible. Thank you Tighten The Drag Foundation for letting me be a part of such a bigger story.