Steven followed his hospital stay with an additional 4 weeks in Rehab at Brooks Rehab Hospital in Jacksonville FL before returning home to Alabama.

Since getting home, Steven has given up the power wheelchair and downsized to a manual loaner wheelchair which he can use to help rebuild his strength. Steven does not have insurance and has medical bills as well as financial needs for his own wheelchair and help with therapy which he presently does not have the opportunity to take part in because of his lack of insurance coverage.

Steven has just started to have movement in his fingers which will allow him to do so much more than he can do now. Fracture of the C5-C6 can result in loss of function in the hand strength which makes doing anything much more difficult. 

A welder by trade, Steven can no longer make a living this way without steady hand function.

Just 9 months after Steven's accident, he enrolled in a local university's online program to pursue his Bachelors Degree in Psychology with the intention of specializing in Children / Adolescent Psychology and Counseling. What an inspiration!

If you would like to follow Steven's progress and keep up with his fundraising efforts, you can follow him at!/StevensRehabAndJourneyBack


2016 Update

Steven enjoys time with his son

who he now has full custody of

and studies Psychology

online. He recently was

finally able to get the

wheelchair he has needed

for almost 5 years which will

help him get around much more

easily.  Steven has moved to New

York and is doing very well.


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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