Craig recently received a $365,580 grant from the Daniels Fund for Project EQL and rehabilitative equipment upgrades.
Of this gift, $125,000 will go to the Project EQL fund to help at least 155 patients with financial need. This donor-supported program of the Craig Foundation ensures every Craig patient, regardless of financial situation and insurance coverage, returns home with the basic adaptive equipment that will maximize independence, dignity, safety and life quality. Examples include power or manual wheelchairs, a lift that allows family members to transfer their loved one into a bed, a shower chair that enables daily self-care and other basic adaptive tools.
An additional $240,580 was awarded for the purchase of upgraded rehabilitative equipment. Craig will purchase an Andago, a C-Mill treadmill, an ArmeoSenso machine and an Xcite FES system.
The Andago provides therapists with a versatile tool for overground gait training, bridging the gap between treadmill use and free walking. The unique combination of self-directed gait, body weight support and mobility enables intensive rehabilitation therapy. The C-Mill is another cutting-edge tool for gait training, helping patients train for everyday life environments, such as walking in a crowded area or avoiding obstacles, through the use of virtual reality applications. The Xcite FES system delivers 12 channels of electrical stimulation to nerves, which activate muscles in sequence to promote functional movement and neuromuscular re-education, while the ArmeoSenso machine offers patients with mild to moderate impairment a self-initiated, active, motivating and repetitive arm movement in a 3D workspace.
The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program and ethics initiative. The Daniels Fund has awarded more than $3.8 million to Craig over the years.