Melissa Ann is unforgettable.  Injured at just 18 years old, she spends a great deal of her time speaking to middle and high school students and DUI offenders about the dangers of bad decisions. 

She is everyone's daughter, sister, friend...just an ordinary girl who made a decision that cost her many of the things that normal young girls get to experience. But if you ask her today if she would change anything, she'd say no.  Her accident brought her to the path she is on today in a close personal relationship with her Lord and Savior and exactly where she feels she needs to be. 

Melissa has written a book this year about her journey, completed school after her injury and earned her degree, is in demand for speaking engagements and started a non profit to help other spinal cord injured called Hope, Love & Me which you can view here:

Her message is simple: Dont drink, then drive. 

She is looking into the possibility of being a spokesperson for Uber , paints with limited mobility, continues working out to stay in shape and is considering an apparel line.  Her aspirations are limitless. 

You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook under Hope, Love & Me. 

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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