Team Nicholas - SCI L4-5

Nicholas is a 2017 Scholarship recipient receiving support which directly covers the cost of his activity based therapy which he feels will improve his ability to function and gain strength and quality of life.


If you would like to help Nicholas continue his recovery journey, you may personally donate to #TeamNicholas to assist in supporting his ongoing quality of life therapy.

On August 13, 2016, Nicholas was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident when a car turned into his path. Nicholas suffered severe injuries as a result of the crash and is considered to be a miracle. He suffered internal bleeding, severe pelvic fracture, broken elbow, broken wrist, broken ankle and foot, paralysis of his left leg, among many other issues. Nicholas stopped breathing twice during the first few hours after the accident and he lost 6 units of blood requiring a blood transfusion. We are so very thankful that Nicholas beat the odds and he is with us today. His strength, determination and faith, along with the support of family and friends is what is getting him through.

The road to recovery has been a very expensive one. Nicholas was in the hospital from August until mid-October. When he was discharged, he was non-weight bearing on all four extremities requiring us to purchase all the necessary equipment needed for his arrival home. After four weeks at home, Nicholas was admitted to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Orlando Health. He was a patient there for four weeks and then began outpatient therapy. Nicholas has had to learn to walk all over again and regain use of his arms and hands. He has undergone four surgeries since leaving the hospital and is facing several more. We are very pleased with the progress he has made in nine months and look forward to what the future holds for him. Nicholas was fitted for a KAFO brace for his paralyzed leg which gives him the ability to walk using a walker. Without the brace, Nicholas uses a wheelchair.

Before the accident, Nicholas was an active young 20 year old. He has a love of cars and enjoyed working at Porsche and Mercedes. In his free time he enjoyed golfing, fishing, water sports, hanging out with friends and just enjoying life. We are working hard to help Nicholas regain his independence and continue therapy. As you can imagine, we were not prepared for the financial burden this has put on our family.


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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