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NFI Healing Out Loud Campaign

$8,514 of $136,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 7 months
Created April 4, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Lauryn Maloney-Fieler
Healing Out Loud Institute Campaign
http://nfiheals.com 

Lauryn Maloney-Gepfert
EXECUTIVE OFFICER

LMT, MFA, PA-C

Lauryn is a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine and is nationally certified as a Physician Assistant. Additionally, she holds both a MFA in Movement/Kinesiology from the University of Utah and a BA in Creative and Performing Arts from Franklin Pierce University. With 38 years as a licensed massage therapist, Lauryn has learned and practiced numerous bodywork techniques. Using these skill sets, she has also owned and operated several businesses, including Body Therapy Systems, a movement education practice; Ergonomic Interventions, a corporate ergonomic analysis and training practice; and Cross Therapy: Healing in Motion, a physical therapy and wellness center. Concentrating on education and rehabilitative, musculoskeletal medicine, Lauryn specializes in the integration of allopathic (traditional) and holistic medicine. She is dedicated to providing people with an education that promotes pain-free, lifelong, high-level function for the whole person.

Since 1977, Lauryn has developed a cutting-edge specialty called Neuroplastic Functional Training (NFT). This practice combines the disciplines of neuroplasticity, kinesiology, and life education. Currently, she is the owner and executive director of the Neuroplastic Functional Institute (NFI). Realizing that a number of her students and clients are underserved and financially challenged, Lauryn started a not-for-profit charitable arm of NFI called the Healing Out Loud Institute (HOLI). This organization raises money and hosts events free of charge for impaired participants. Lauryn’s greatest passion is to inspire people to commit to learning how to love, heal, and enjoy total freedom. When asked what she is proudest of, she  will tell you it’s her daughter Emma and her stepson Bradlee.


Imagine a man paralyzed from the waist down regaining function and movement...


That’s what happened to extreme athlete Soren Lindholm. On March 4, 2017, he fractured his spine in an advanced terrain ski race and was paralyzed from the waist down. In October, 2017 Soren began Neuroplastic Functional Training for his spinal cord injury (SCI). Today, he is running in the swimming pool. 

Imagine it happening for others with spinal cord injuries.

No, it’s not a miracle...it’s a new practice from the Neuroplastic Functional Institute (NFI), a cutting-edge technique that teaches people how to change their brains so they can independently heal.
Realizing that a number of people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) are underserved and financially challenged, NFI launched a not-for-profit organization called the Healing Out Loud Institute (HOLI). Their hope is that people will join them and help provide skills that promote independent healing to this population.

That’s the plan of The Healing Out Loud Institute...with your help.

The Healing Out Loud Institute is a small, multidisciplinary collective of healthcare professionals dedicated to providing pain-free, lifelong, high-level function for the whole person. Based on the science that the brain is not hardwired or fixed, but can change its structure and function, HOLI educates the brain for health and performance to advance body, soul, and spirit. Neuroplastic functional skill sets create an opportunity for freedom in every area of life, especially for people with spinal cord injuries (SCIs). 

 We need funding to bring neuroplastic functional skill sets to more people with spinal cord injuries, free of charge.

We have a vision...a crucial vision. On the one hand, there are many SCI candidates who could benefit from this work. On the other hand, there aren’t enough healthcare providers to serve this population. Our vision is to do both: share this training with people with SCI and equip providers. It’s called Connect.

Connect is a new, four-week, aquatic-intensive program from HOLI, with the support of Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs, CO.  Connect will provide crucial training free of charge to people with spinal cord injuries who want to learn to improve their function and quality of life.  Connect will also train and certify a team of health professionals who will carry the work to other SCI candidates, as well as to college students interested in healthcare. An important part of the Connect program plan is a documentary to introduce this work globally.

Our Connect fundraising goal is $136,000. Thanks, in advance, for recognizing that people with SCI deserve the opportunity to learn to move again with your donation.

You may be wondering, why $136,000? This funding covers the cost of four weeks of intensive work for 20 participants– people with SCI, and student and healthcare trainees–including lunch and Iron Mountain Hot Springs passes. The rest of the funding covers video production– compelling interviews, footage of the program in action, editing and distribution to a global audience.

Please donate now, so we can begin Connecting people with spinal cord injuries and healthcare professionals with neuroplastic functional training.

For more information check out our website NFIHeals.com and learn more about Lauryn Maloney-Gepfert and the rest of the team.

Want to see the results of HOLI’s good work? Click on the 16-second film of Soren Lindholm running in the water.

Then, click on the Donate Now button, so we can share our program with many more people with SCI like him.

For questions contact: Lauryn Maloney-Gepfert at LaurynGepfertnfi@gmail.com or check out NFI's website http://nfiheals.com or their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/selfspeakit 
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Neuroplasticity is the most profound break-through in neuroscience yet. It is the phenomenon that the structure and function of the human brain is changed by our mental experience. CONNECT is an Aquatic Neuroplastic Functional Training (ANFT) intensive, offered by a non- profit organization called the Healing Out Loud Institute (HOLI). The Glenwood Springs, CO, organization raised over $42,000 to support the program. The intensive started on June 1st and is due to end this Saturday, June 30th. The mission has been to study the effects of ANFT on persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and to provide training free of charge to this population.

The results from the 6-hours/day, 6-days/week schedule have been astonishing. The four paralyzed men who have participated in the program are walking, jogging, and globally moving in the pool. This has all happened in a three week period.

Mornings have been spent in the water with trainers and therapists, and classroom time has been provided in the afternoons to study the neuroscience behind the training. CONNECT plans to produce a documentary and training video to make these techniques available to people outside of the program.

The following outcomes have been accomplished with just 15 hours in the pool:

Ben Jenkins is a 21-year-old athlete, who suffered an ischemic spinal stroke at cervical vertebrae 5. The spinal cord injury left Ben a quadriplegic. Prior to the Aquatic Neuroplastic Functional Training (ANFT) program, Ben would say he had impaired movement in his arms and limited movements in his hands, trunk and legs. Doctors did not believe he would recover.

Yesterday Ben, was able to land repeated punches into the palms of director Lauryn Maloney-Gepfert while he marched in place in the pool. Today we watched Ben independently remain upright for the two hours. He is able to produce coordinated reciprocal movements of his arms and legs, such as jogging, walking, and low jumping in the water.

Tucker Larrieu is a 21-year-old, who fractured and dislocated the thoracic part of his back between his shoulder blades at T5-T6. Tucker’s accident happened in March of 2017. A champion dirt bike rider, he was injured riding dirt bikes. Prior to participating in the ANFT program, he was unable to feel or move anything below his chest. The accident left him without sensation below his breastbone, he had poor truncal stability and no movement in his legs.

Within the first week, Tucker began moving his legs very slightly in the water. Somewhere around the 2nd week, he began to reciprocally walk and jog in the water. During the 3rd week, he was able to stabilize himself and cycle his way across the pool balancing on a floatation device. Today he is swimming on his back kicking each knee without a lifejacket. Unknowing bystanders would not be able to tell he had been paralyzed. Tuckers injury was evaluated as a complete (SCI). Craig Hospital (specializing in SCI’s) in Denver, CO, did no lower body rehabilitation with him because he was not expected to ever move again.

Soren Lindholm is an 18-year-old athlete, who had a lumbar vertebra burst fracture at L1 in March of 2017. On film, he fell from a 20-foot cliff in an extreme ski competition. After cartwheeling several times, he plummeted to a stop and found he was completely paralyzed from the waist down. Eight months after his injury, he began neuroplastic functional training (NFI). Today, he is running, cycling in water, and having sensation return. He is also learning to override serious pain using the neuroplastic functional techniques. He recently weaned himself off all opioids. Soren has told us his goal is full function. He will stop at nothing less.

Adam Lavender is a 42-year-old high-level mountain bike rider, who was injured while scoping out a race course one day before the event. Adam sustained a C4 spinal cord injury on April 28, 2012, in the bike accident.

In his own words:

“I have made functional progress in the muscles in my legs and hips, and increased trunk function. In the water with neuroplastic training, I've felt my legs pushing and pulling without assistance in a way that felt completely natural again. I was hoping to gain new function during the program, but my mind is blown by the rapidity of the progress made in such a short period of time. Prior to this training, there hadn't even been trace firing detectable in my lower body for the last six years since my spinal cord injury.

I'm also gaining fluidity of movement in my upper body and arms. I'm now able to functionally train my wrist extension and flexion in the water.

For me, the biggest change is a continual moment-to-moment awareness of healing and applied neuroplastic techniques throughout the day with increased focus, intensity, and awareness. For example, I'm continually challenging myself and finding new ways to do so. My entire focus has changed.”
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The CONNECT program is pushing the boundaries of the four spinal cord participants beyond what they, and our entire team, thought possible in such a short time. All were able to move their legs in the water four days into the program. In the third week, all four were able to jog, hop, cycle and/or march in the water using reciprocal movement. Simply astounding!
Participant Adam had not been able to move his legs independently since his biking accident six years ago. Watch this video of Adam's break-through experience a few days ago jogging in place. He cried tears of joy after walking again in the water, feeling his brain connect to his whole body as a unit for the first time since his injury. Soren, Tucker and Ben have all made similar significant breakthroughs.
We are still $10,000 short of funds needed to complete the CONNECT program, and move forward with the documentary film and training videos that will get the word out on these life-changing neuroplastic training techniques. The CONNECT intensive is so critical to participant Soren in body, mind and spirit, that Soren's grandfather is offering to match, dollar for dollar, any funds given in this finish-line fundraising push. Please help these four amazing men that are so committed to their goals of healing and to pushing the boundaries of what's possible. Donate now to help those recovering from spinal cord injury now and far into the future.

ADAM LAVENDER:
Adam sustained a C4 incomplete (ASIA B) spinal cord injury on April 28, 2012 in a mountain bike accident.

Have you made any functional movement progress so far? What specifically? Did you expect these results? Any complete surprises in your progress?

I have made functional progress in the muscles in my legs and hips, and increased trunk function. In the water with neuroplastic training, I've felt my legs pushing and pulling without assistance in a way that felt completely natural again. I was hoping to gain new function during the program, but my mind is blown by the rapidity of the progress made in such a short period of time. Prior to this training, there hadn't even been trace firing detectable in my lower body for the last six years since my spinal cord injury.
I'm also gaining fluidity of movement in my upper body and arms. I'm now able to functionally train my wrist extension and flexion in the water, which I'm unable to do out of the water.

If you can, give an example of a change that you have seen in yourself (mentally, functionally, emotionally, spiritually, professionally etc) as a result of this training so far.

For me, the biggest change is a continual moment-to-moment awareness of healing and applied neuroplastic techniques throughout the day with increased focus, intensity and awareness. For example, I'm continually challenging myself and finding new ways to do so. My entire focus has changed. I've moved in with Grandma!
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