Team Layla


Layla turns 6 in 2018 and suffered damage to her spinal cord at the T11-L1 (paraplegic) level at just 7 weeks old.  Her family enrolled her in activity based therapy where she has progressed in leaps and bounds and has been able to stand with assistance and continues to focus on using her legs. Her smiles light up the gym and she is like a social butterfly with other injured she meets. 


She loves adaptive ballet and participated in her town's rendition of the Nutcracker last year. She enjoys performing and doesn't let her wheelchair slow her down or keep her from enjoying her favorite activities. 

Because her family lives over 100 miles from her therapy center, she is only able to go a few times a week and funding is difficult for her parents since they are a one income family. 

How can you help? 

Donations for her activity based therapy, dance lessons, fuel cards for her travel and any type of gift cards that help with medical supplies, equipment, school supplies and clothing are all appreciated!

You can make a difference! 


Please support me in the Duck Race on 9/29/18 by purchasing a PINK duck for $5 or a Quack Pack for $25 for more chances to win. One of my supporters will win $100! Click the PINK duck to purchase a duck or click the flyer for more info. 

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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