On December 1, 2013 David was riding his motorcycle with a friend in California. As he went into a left turn, his bike just laid down. His bike crashed into the guard rail breaking his leg in two places, leaving him unconscious and paralyzed below the waist. His front tire apparently hit a pothole in the road, according to his friend who was following him which caused him to lose control.


Since his injury, David has participated in many Adaptive Sports Programs from snow skiing to disc throwing. There seems to be nothing he won't try.


David travels a great deal after retiring as an Army Captain after 26 years of service. He was deployed in Desert Storm and Iraq.


After his injury, he participated in a clinical research project for the VA to determine the benefits of electrical stimulation and rowing.


He is the Co-Owner of a gym called Accessible Fitness and also works for a company called "Pants Up Easy" that enables those with mobility issues to change and remove clothing easier.  This is very instrumental for those who want to be as independent as possible and can also assist caregivers.




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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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