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Support Craig Hospital Specialty Programs

February 17, 2014

The Craig Hospital PUSH Gala is sold-out but you can still make an impact and donate online, through our PUSHing Possible Campaign (watch the video here).

Spinal cord and brain injury survivors fight an uphill battle to return to work, school, home and their passions. Many of the programs that our determined patients need in order to rebuild their lives are not covered by insurance. The PUSHing Possible campaign is helping patients at Craig Hospital PUSH the boundaries of what is Possible.

We can make a bigger impact, with a matching donation from the Lakeshore Talent Community. The generous folks at Lakeshore have offered a $3,000 Challenge donation if we raise $5,000 in online donations through the PUSHing Possible Campaign (on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo).

The funds will allow 51 patients to benefit from Craig Hospital’s innovative specialty programs.

The PUSHing Possible Campaign benefits:

The Challenge is simple: We raise $5,000 for Craig Hospital Programs through The PUSHing Possible Campaign, and they will donate $3,000! Help us unlock Lakeshore’s $3,000 challenge donation by making a donation today! Then share the campaign with your friends and family.

Help patients like Doug Fryendenlund find independence with the Adaptive Driving Program. Doug had been driving for more than 30 years before he survived a tragic spinal cord injury. After his injury, Doug worked hard in rehabilitation to reach the point where he could drive once again. Working with Craig Hospital's Driving Program he has learned to transfer from his electric wheelchair inside of his van to the driver’s seat. Being able to drive has given him the confidence and the independence to do the things that are important and meaningful to him once again.

Allow patients like Keagan Smith to return to construction with Rehab Engineering. Keagan's passion was construction. He framed houses, did metal work, and welded on the side until he was hurt in a car accident. Keagan is now a spinal cord injury survivor. Working with the Rehab Engineering Department, he realized that he could return to his passion and weld from his wheelchair. Currently, Keagan is making handrails for the inside of his car so he can transfer himself into the driver’s seat with ease. Next, he will work on a more creative project welding a sculpture of a fish.

Help patients like John Kivimaki get back to work in a new way with Adaptive Technology. John sustained a spinal cord injury due to a fall in his own home. Work and people have always been John's focus. After his injury, John needed to learn a new way to use a computer and the telephone due to the limitations of his injury. Through the Adaptive Technology Program, John learned how to use the adaptive tools to check and write emails and use a phone again in a new innovative way. John says he uses adaptive technology everyday as he returns to work.

Patients like Jenny Jabel can Return to Work after a brain injury. Jenny was a nurse before her injury. She found meaning in helping others through her profession. After a severe car accident where she survived a traumatic brain injury, Jenny had to relearn how to speak, eat, walk, and write. She still works hard to keep moving forward and meet new goals. She has been working with the Return to Work Program for 6 years to develop her skills and focus on her strengths. Jenny’s goals of returning to work and feeling like she was contributing to her community motivated her to take classes to learn new skills and volunteer in her community. Thanks to support from the Return to Work Program she secured a job, obtained her driver’s license and sets new goals for herself.

Help patients like Beth Pratt rediscover their passion with Horticulture Therapy. Beth was an avid gardener before she sustained a spinal cord injury in her home. She wasn't sure if she'd ever be able to get back to her plants now that she was in a wheelchair. Working with the Horticulture Therapy program, Beth learned how to garden in a new and different way. Learning that she could garden gave her the confidence that she could do all of the things that were meaningful and important to her before her injury. This gave her the confidence to return to work and partner with master gardner’s in her area.

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