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Sam was a 23 year old Navy Vet and Avid Surfer...


Sam was 23 when he was injured on April 16, 2016. He fractured his neck at the C4-C5 level injury. You would think that Sam's injury was the result of a surfing accident but, Sam and his friends were enjoying a day just hanging out when they tipped him over in a hammock. His feet became entangled in the webbing and he landing on his head. He spent 2 ½ months at Orlando Regional Medical Center and began aggressive physical and occupational therapy at CORE Orlando, Next Step and Brooks Medical in Daytona Beach.


Prior to his accident Sam was an avid surfer. He served in the Navy and had returned home. At the time of his accident Sam was planning on moving in with some of his friends. His attitude has remained strong throughout this very trying period. He is very motivated to achieve independence and has recently begun designing his own line of clothing under the brand Muel’s Apparel, as in saMUEL’s as well as a media company called Muels Media. You can find some of his work on YouTube.


Sam also has a fundraising page where you can find out about upcoming events and how to support his recovery.

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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