Quality of Life Giving

December 17, 2014

Well the holidays are here again...a time when most of us focus on rushing around "buying" things we think are necessary for bringing joy to others...we shop for "deals" pushing our way through store aisles in front of others just to stack the tree with piles of gifts...we buy more and more racking up credit cards and spending ourselves into oblivion chasing the elusive feeling of "fulfillment." 

This year...start a new tradition....we are not asking you to stop your holiday giving but we encourage you to buy a few less gifts and instead, give a gift in honor of your family members to help those who have suffered an instant tragic accident that changed their life forever. Give the gift of a small donation for each family member and tell them in a notecard how their "gift" is going to improve he quality of life for someone in need. Your gift will be a win-win and a year long "feel good" moment for everyone! When long after the thrill of unwrapping an item under the tree has passed, your gift of giving will continue as you follow the progress of those you have helped to support in their journey to a better quality of living.

For those who have broken their neck or back which resulted in a spinal cord injury, their paralysis therapy is costly beyond measure. When you consider that the average injured person needs 2-3 hours a day 3-5 days a week for optimal recovery and health, the cost for specialized rehabilitation is three times the average mortgage payment for a middle class family home. Imagine being unable to work due to your paralysis and dependent on others for help. Now you must raise over $4000 every month just to cover your therapy bill excluding any other essentials like food and housing. Most of the injured give up after realizing it is just too exhausting and daunting of a task. Without the help and support of strangers willing to give a small portion of their earnings, recovery is not possible for those in need of daily exercise to prevent common complications like atrophy, poor circulation, heart problems, obesity, osteoporosis, pressure sores, infections....just to name a few.  Without therapy, there is no hope for quality of life.

You can give the gift of HOPE for each and every member on your Christmas list! A donation as small as $10 for each person on your list will help an injured receive rehabilitation by a expert in the field of recovery.

Will it become your new family tradition of giving? You won't believe how satisfying and fulfilled you will feel all year long. Click here to make a donation in honor of your family members. You are amazing! Pass that "feel good" moment onto your friends...they will thank you for the joy you shared in helping them start a new tradition of giving too...

 

 

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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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