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SPINAL CORD INJURY AWARENESS MONTH

INTRODUCING SCI HEROES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

This September, we aim to raise SCI awareness by sharing 30 different stories from 30 individuals with SCI, highlighting their tragedies and triumphs each day on our social channels and website. Walking With Anthony receives thousands of grant applications every year from individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in desperate need of help. Each story has the same underlying theme: these brave heroes need mental, physical, and financial guidance and support.

Please share these stories during the month of September to help us raise awareness for spinal cord injury.

Rhonda Williams
SCI Heroes

Rhonda Williams

I am a C5 C6 quadriplegic who had a car accident when I was 16 in 1989 in Virginia. Through the many years of living as a quadriplegic I have had ebbs and flows. I met my husband while living in Florida and we moved to Fresno, California. In 2012 I lost my husband who was a paraplegic and disengaged from the outside world somewhat. I have no family due to the fact I was a foster child and grew up in many different group homes. Although that initial start in life did not stop me from...

David Wieselmann
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David Wieselmann

I was Mt. Biking with friends up in Vermont after work. We were cutting down a hill at the very end of run, and my front wheel sunk in some soft dirt. I went over the handlebars and did a somersault. Broke my neck. Stood straight up. And fell to the ground. I waited with friends for four hours for a helicopter and was med vacated out of there to Dartmouth where I had surgery. I was in ICU for over a week, then transferred to Fletcher Allen Hospital in Colchester, VT to learn how to live in...

Stephanie Nichols-Rodas
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Stephanie Nichols-Rodas

I had a car accident May 6th,2017, early in the morning on my way to work. Another car was going to hit me, so I swerved and hit a concrete median while merging on to the freeway. I flipped 3 times, and then another car hit me and threw me a mile away. I broke C5-C6,damaged from C4 to C7,and damaged my neck arteries. Unfortunately I didn't remember what happened right away, it took me 3 years to get the flashback. Being a quadriplegic for 5+ years has been very challenging, for my loved...

Eden Hoelscher
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Eden Hoelscher

On December 23, 2015, our five-year-old daughter, Eden, collapsed on the ground after doing a backbend on our living room floor. Within 30 minutes, she was paralyzed from the waist down. She was rushed by helicopter from our local hospital to the PICU where she was diagnosed as a complete paraplegic because of a spinal cord stroke at T8/9. After 2 months of inpatient rehab, she was discharged with the dire prognosis that she would never recover, and that we should prepare for a very...

Rebecca Koltun
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Rebecca Koltun

On March 13, 2021, I was skiing with some friends in Vermont. While I do not recall the day itself, I was told that I had a very bad fall. I woke up in a hospital in New Hampshire, paralyzed from the neck down and attached to a ventilator. I was told that I damage my spinal cord at the C1 C2 Junction. I was in the ICU for 2 1/2 weeks before I was transferred to Spaulding rehabilitation hospital in Boston. I spent 4 1/2 months there, doing intense rehabilitation, getting off the ventilator,...

Rob Balucas
SCI Heroes

Rob Balucas

hey, i’m rob This part of my story starts in 2015. That year was a shaping up to be a breakout year for my business and me. My business, a boutique creative agency, was on track to grow by 12% annually and double-digits for the third year in a row. I had proven that I could survive in San Francisco, a goal I accomplished 3 years ago. I took up triathlon. I wasn’t a swimmer, cyclist, or runner. Being someone who was always wanted to push myself, I sought a physical challenge to find my edge....

Stevie VanAusdale
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Stevie VanAusdale

I was in a car accident the summer going into my junior year of high school. I was with 4 friends. We made the poor choice of throwing water bottles at other cars, which caused one car to chase us for 2 miles on back country roads. The chase ended with us crashing into a tree and ditch. The man chasing us called 911 but then promptly left the scene. I was dead when help arrived but they were able to resuscitate me. I went through 24 hrs of surgery to place rods and screws in my back, repair...

Casey Ellin
SCI Heroes

Casey Ellin

On June 1st, 2013, when Casey was only 26 years old, he had an accident at Jones Beach that forever changed his life. After diving into the ocean, he fractured his C4 – C6 vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Face down in the water and unable to move, Casey was rescued from the ocean by Emergency Medical Technicians and air-lifted to Nassau University Medical Center. The distance Casey traveled for his very first helicopter ride was a half marathon (13.1 miles). Casey had...

Michael Kim
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Michael Kim

38 years old father of two young children, PARALYZED. This fund is set up for Mike's family during a time of incredible heartache, to help them navigate a long road of recovery and treatment. This fund will help with medical expenses, home care, childcare and rehabilitiation. On May 30, 2022, while vacationing in Hawaii with his family and two young kids, Mike got into an accident at Waikiki Beach. He dove into the water and landed on a sand bar, fracturing his spine and injuring his spinal...

Anne Nelson
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Anne Nelson

I was a passenger in a car accident. After emergency personnel rescued me from the car I was taken to Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, AL where emergency surgery was done to stabilize my spine. The neurosurgeon on call performed a spinal fusion from T10-L2. The day after, my surgery was done on my right radius and ulna to stabilize the broken bones. Thereafter, I spent about 8 days in neurosurgerical intensive care unit (NSICU) and neurosurgical step down unit (NSSU). On July 1st I was...

THOSE WHO WE’VE HELPED

Sarah Perez

Sarah Perez

Sarah was in a car accident just 3 weeks before her 10th birthday. Sarah suffered a C6-T4 spinal cord injury. She had...

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Ty Williams

Ty Williams

Ty Williams is a college student-athlete at Georgetown University who tragically, on a September first down, 10 to go,...

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Peter Brady

Peter Brady

“Dear Micki, I am blown away by the videos of Pete. Jim said he stood for 20 minutes, which is unprecedented. You and...

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Eric Walker

Eric Walker

Mindy Jones Walker told us she cried for 15 minutes when she got the news that the Walking With Anthony foundation was...

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Chris Utz

Chris Utz

Two months prior to his 25th birthday Chris Utz from Pasadena, MD, was involved in a car accident that left him...

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April Cave

April Cave

I graduated from high school on Monday June 19, 2006. That day I left for my summer job as a camp counselor. That...

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DISCLAIMER:

Walking With Anthony receives thousands of grant applications every year from individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in desperate need of help. Although we are not able to directly support every individual, for your participation you will receive valuable resources regarding mentorship, mental health, community, advice, and education to help you on your SCI journey. 30 stories will be chosen to share on social media, and those individuals will also receive $200 of wellness supplements to aid in their recovery.

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