Candy Herrick Medical Fund
October 2016 - We are a group of family and friends who have all been inspired by a very special individual. Her name is Candy. Candy has an unrivaled enthusiasm for life, goes out of her way to connect with everyone she meets and leaves a lasting impression of positivity and hope despite recent events.
Candy is an avid runner and bicyclist and while riding her bike on 09/26/16 she was hit by a car and severely injured. Surviving life threatening injuries and possible brain trauma, Candy is now well on her way to recovery and is doing so with her normal zest for life. Despite her positive attitude, dedication to recovering and bright smile, some of Candy's injuries are life changing. She was left paralyzed from the chest down.
Many have asked how they can help or contribute as anyone who has met her recognizes that they have come in contact with a unique and special individual. We have started this fund to help with Candy's medical expenses and other needs that will be revealed as she continues rehab and attacks this new challenge in life.
Candy and her family and friends thank you in advance for your generous gift and know that you send it with love and great hope for her full and speedy recovery.
Note: Candy's brother John will handle all withdrawals and disbursements until Candy is able to do this for herself.
It has been almost two years since my hospital discharge, two years learning how to adjust to life with a paralyzing spinal cord injury. My life changed in the blink of an eye when a motorist hit me while I was riding a bicycle. My once active lifestyle of working full time, spending time with family and friends and exploring the outdoors while running or cycling has been reduced to figuring out how to live my daily life from a wheelchair.
Over the course of this time I have learned how to live my life in a completely different manner. Simple daily acts like getting out of bed, taking a shower, getting dressed and getting in and out of my sister's car have required me to retrain my body and mind to accomplish these seemingly easy tasks. Progress happens, but at a slower pace than what I was used to. There is a lot of trial and error, and persistence is still the key. And there are unexpected hurdles, like pressure wounds, that will put progress on hold.
I have learned to be patient with myself. To be proud of all accomplishments, regardless of how big or small. To keep pushing myself forward with my at home workouts and doing spinal cord injury research. To reach out to other people with spinal cord injuries when I need help and have questions. And to thank all friends and family when they give me an assist.
I still have some lofty goals that I need help with. A few of them can be addressed by working with good physical and occupational therapists. Once those are checked off my list I can explore career options and return to driving a vehicle. Accomplishing these goals will be life changing. They will help me regain my independence and return the confidence I once had. Will you help me achieve these goals? Because I am ready for my next steps forward!
I don't know the extent what will be possible for Candy, but here's someone who might be of inspiration or help when she's ready- Jennifer French.... Jennifer French is executive director of Neurotech Network, a nonprofit organization she founded in Florida in 2003. Jennifer was paralyzed by a spinal cord injury in after a snowboarding accident in 1998. Prior to her injury, she was recreationally active with such sports as canoeing, snowboarding/skiing, sailing, fly fishing, and biking. After her injury, she still participates in all those activities. She is an active user of an implanted stimulation system. Now residing in Tampa, Florida, Jen is active in the community accessible sailing program, Sailing Alternatives, as well as the national U.S. Sailing, Sailors with Special Needs. She earned an MBA specializing in marketing & strategy. Jennifer won a silver medal in sailing at the 2012 Paralympics Games in London. http://www.teamusa.org/para-sailing/athletes/Jennifer-French Book she wrote https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009PTMHVM/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 Org she helped found http://www.neurotechnetwork.org/about.html Wishing Candy the best - we've never met, but she sounds like an amazing woman.