On July 22nd 2017 at age 23 everything was turned upside down. Miguel was enjoying a family quadding trip on a Saturday afternoon when the unexpected happened. He lost control on a gravel road hit a tree and was ejected from the quad resulting in life changing debilitating paralysis. Miguel was air lifted by Stars Ambulance to Regina General Hospital where he underwent MRI's, CT's and surgery. Finally, he was told he was a quadriplegic.... losing all function in his legs, his core, most of his fingers and his triceps.
Miguel has spent the last 6 months at the Wascana Rehabilitation Center (WRC) and has surprised everyone. The staff played a paramount role with him regaining some functionality in his arms and learning to live with his paralysis. However, Miguel has now been discharged from the WRC and will need your help for the next stage as he would like to undergo intense therapy at First Steps Wellness Centre (FSWC). FSWC is not funded by the government nor is it covered by his insurance.
First Steps Wellness Centre (FSWC) is renown for improving the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries. The next 12 months are very crucial for Miguel. People who suffer from spinal cord injuries will regain most of their functionality back within the first 18 months of their injury.
Miguel is a fighter, always positive and very determined to walk again. Although the odds are against him, he would truly like to regain full mobility of his arms and fingers as well as strengthen his core to regain his independence and enjoy life to the fullest once again. With your support we can help Mig achieve this.
Why has Miguel chosen First Steps Wellness Centre?
FSWC was originally started to help increase the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and their family. They customize programs for each individual based on their level of injury; 12% of the people with spinal cord injuries have walked again and 94% people have increased mobility and independence through regaining functionality.
For additional information on FSWC click the link below:
Where: Regina, Saskatchewan
When: February 2018
Estimated length of program: Twelve Months
We are looking to raise $56,160 for a full year of rehabilitation at FSWC which equals 12hrs/week X $90/hr X 52weeks = $ 56,160
We appreciate the support and encouragement that everyone has generously provided.
- Georgette Tremblay
- Aliisa Derkach
- Helen Ladyka
- Miranda Wajda
Organizer and beneficiary
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