Hi, my name is Shawn Barco. On August 28, 2010 I was doing a back flip and landed on my head and neck which caused an injury that changed my life. The injury caused severe damage to my spinal cord. I was a quadriplegic. I say "was" because of the opportunities I was given at Shepherd Brain and Spinal Rehab Center in Atlanta, Ga. I am still disabled, but am able to do much more than my doctors originally thought possible. I tell you this because I have an opportunity through Shepherd clinic. I will be going there later this month for outpatient therapy. While there, I have an opportunity to participate in their Beyond Therapy program (please read more about this program below). While insurance will cover my outpatient therapy, it will not cover the Beyond Therapy program or lodging. The Beyond Therapy program will cost about $4000 for the hours they would like for my to have while there. I am asking you to please pray in regards for funding for this to happen. If you feel led to donate monetarily, it would be greatly appreciated.
Beyond Therapy at Shepherd Center is a rigorous, activity-based therapy program designed to help people with a variety of neurological disorders, including spinal cord injury, improve their lifelong health, minimize secondary complications and get the most out of any new neural links to their muscles. True to its name, Beyond Therapy goes beyond the borders of traditional therapy programs, where the focus is on adapting to a new set of capabilities. Traditional therapy programs are designed to help patients become as independent as possible using compensatory strategies and training on how to care for themselves after discharge from the hospital. In contrast, Beyond Therapy focuses on promoting lifelong wellness and maximizing muscle and neural return through a program of intensive strengthening and motor-patterned activity concentrating on weaker muscles and nerve connections that may have been ignored in the initial phases of recovery. Optimizing recovery, toning seldom-used muscles and decreasing secondary complications that typically occur among people with neurological disorders are central objectives of the program.