TEAM Fred 

I was 39 years old and was a passenger in a vehicle when I was involved in an auto accident on April 6, 2006. I had a C5 burst fracture and fractures from C3-C6. I was left an incomplete Quadriplegic. For several years following my accident, I participated in traditional physical therapy. I had no improvement or movement. Then my sister found a place called Next Steps Chicago which was an activity based exercise program and I was fortunate enough to enroll. All our funding is private pay since insurance does not cover this type of therapy. After a short time there, I saw improvement in my physical condition! I am now able to walk with the assistance of a walker and have gained so much strength and balance as a result. At 47, I am still improving everyday! Exercise based therapy WORKS! 

2014 Update

Started the year off doing therapy 3x's a week for 2hr. sessions.  Each day was different than the other although before each session   stretching and core exercises were done. Machines that were used consisted of LOKO-MAT, THERASTRIDE, STIM BIKE, OVER-HEAD RAIL, GAIT  TRAINER, also the GALILEO VIBRATOR which was used while he was  standing without a harness to help stabilize the core and adjust the  hips when the machine vibrated the whole body.  Assessments were done every 3-6 months to see if any improvements were  made or another procedure was warranted.  Fred started not wearing the full brace on his left leg and was able  to stand and lock his knee.  He can now pull himself up from a seated position on the mat and stand  and straighten up himself with little or no help. Fred's right leg  came around a lot earlier than the left.  It took almost 7 years to  get his left to this point.  Core has greatly improved, he can now stand on both legs & lock both  knees,  upper body has gotten stronger to the point of lifting his arms above and behind his head.  Fred can advance his right leg in the gait trainer on his own, he is now starting to advance his left forward on his own until it starts to spasm.  Muscle mass is improving and connections are being made.  Pray that it continues.

2016 Update

Fred continues to show progress and stay in therapy.

Mission Statement:

To extend the OPPORTUNITY for recovery and a better quality of life for FLORIDA residents 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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