Spinal Cord Injuries...Recovery IS Possible...Fight for it...

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Over $90,000 in Scholarships Awarded since 2012


Molly - Adaptive Van Deposit

Capt Robert - Rehab Therapy


Chris H - Rehab Therapy

Capt Robert - Rehab Therapy

Taylor B - Rehab Therapy

Stephanie S - Rehab Therapy

Fred K - Rehab Therapy

Gabrielle - Rehab Therapy

Aaron L - Rehab Therapy


Capt Robert - Therapy

Tony S - Recovery Therapy

Fred K - Rehab Therapy



Capt Robert - Adaptive Equip

David C- Rehab Therapy

      -Fishing Trip

Hayden H - Rehab Therapy

         -Disney Trip

Molly - Family Disney Trip







Capt Robert - Adaptive Equip; Aquatherapy

David C       - 2 Fishing Trips; Rehab & Aquatherapy

Hayden H    - Rehab Therapy/Travel & Accommodations;

                     Fishing Trip/Travel & R&B;

Molly S       - Family Outing; College Football Game; Fishing


Bryce S       - Rehab Therapy; Fishing/Accomodations

Caden E      - Rehab Therapy

Trevor W     - Rehab Therapy; Adaptive Bow Equipment;

Faith G        - Adaptive Equipment

Nicholas C   - Rehab Therapy

Sam S          -Rehab & AquaTherapy

Aaron L        -Fishing Trip/Accomodations

Alex S          -Rehab Therapy/Accommodations


TEAM Capt Robert - AquaTherapy

TEAM Jacen  - Activity Based Therapy

TEAM Sam  - Adaptive Fishing; Activity & AquaTherapy

TEAM Trevor  - Wellness Rehab Therapy; Adaptive equipment

TEAM Kirk - Adaptive Fishing; Activity Based Therapy

TEAM Aaron- Adaptive Fishing; Adaptive Travel

TEAM Layla - Activity Based Therapy; Adaptive Dance

TEAM Hayden - Summer Rehab Therapy; Adaptive Fishing

TEAM Bryce - Wellness Rehab Therapy

TEAM James - Activity Based Therapy

TEAM Lauren - Activity Based Therapy

TEAM Melissa - Adaptive Activities

TEAM Mariah - Activity Based Therapy



TEAM Jacen  - Activity Based Therapy

TEAM Sam  - Adaptive Fishing; Acivity based therapy

TEAM Trevor  - Wellness Rehab Therapy; 

TEAM Kirk - Adaptive Fishing; 

TEAM Aaron- Adaptive Fishing; Adaptive Travel

TEAM Layla - Activity Based Therapy; Adaptive Dance

TEAM Hayden - Summer Rehab Therapy; Adaptive Fishing

TEAM Mariah - Activity Based Therapy; Adaptive Fishing;   

                              Wheelchair Equip

TEAM David - Adaptive Fishing

TEAM Nate - Activity Based Therapy, Aqua Therapy

TEAM Camryn-Activity Based Therapy

TEAM Lauren- Activity Based Therapy

TEAM Casey - Activity Based Therapy

TEAM Kolton - Adaptive Fishing

TEAM Molly - Adaptive Fishing 

TEAM Christina - Adaptive Fishing; Wheelchair Equip


What Quality of Life Looks Like...
Team Kolton
Still able to fish!
Team Trevor
In the woods again!
Team Melissa
A decade of disability with a smile
Team CaptRobert
Capt Robert teaching fishing
Team Nate
Team Sam
Team Christina
Team Bryce
Airboating after 10 years
Team Tony
from total paralysis to one his feet fishing
Team Layla
on her feet and dancing!
You'd never know she was paralyzed. Strength.
Team Aaron
Team Aaron getting it done on the water
Team Hayden
Team Hayden has a blast every time he goes out for a day of fishing!
Team Molly & Layla
Team Molly and Team Layla hang out at the pool
Team Kirk
Team Kirk's FIRST fish since his accident over 5 years before. He was thrilled!
Team David
TeamDavid getting it done with Capt Lofaro.
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Spinal Cord Injuries and Illnesses are life changing. Whether you were a victim of a sudden accident or your paralysis was caused by an illness to your spinal cord such as cancer, transverse myelitis, stroke or other illnesses which attack the nervous system, your world is turned upside down and inside out. Because injuries and illnesses often occur after you have been "healthy," adjusting to a new way of doing everything can be overwhelming, frustrating and scary for you, caregivers, friends and loved ones.


Because Tighten the Drag Foundation BELIEVES that there is a SUCCESS story waiting for everyone who has experienced an SCI, we are here to offer support and assistance to enable you and the loved ones who care for, and about you,  relief and HOPE and improved quality of life after injury.

Non traditional rehabilitative therapy costs that provide nerve stimulation, muscle memory techniques and overall health and fitness average $3000-$4000 a month; $36,000-$48,000 a year.  We KNOW how important this therapy is for recovery and that is why we fundraise year round in order to provide scholarships and seek Corporate Therapy Sponsors so that recipients who desire to attend therapy programs can have the chance to do so. We also encourage every person who is injured to return to doing the things they enjoyed before their accidents as soon as possible and scholarships are available for enrollment in adaptive sports programs, recreational activities, and new adventures. We are here to ease the burden after injury by providing help with adaptive equipment needs and medical needs not covered by insurance that promote good health and well being and items that can just make life easier for you.


We are here to help the children of injured parents, the parents of injured children, siblings, grandparents and spouses who are on this journey with you. If we can do something to make their life easier or give them support in any way, we want to help. Tell us about your Caregivers, your family and those who have been affected by your injury.


If you are a business or company that would like to Sponsor one of our injured individually for a monthly or annual commitment, please email us at info@tightenthedragfoundation.org or you can donate directly online. Be sure to make note of the individuals name so we can be sure to allocate funds to the appropriate injured.  


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.



© 2012-2020 Tighten The Drag Foundation Inc    

 501(c)3 Non profit Public Charity EIN-46-1427712

CH42547 Division of Consumer Services



Team David

TeamDavid getting it done with Capt Lofaro.