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"I DON'T NEED EASY, I JUST NEED POSSIBLE."- SOUL SURFER


My name is Harshada and I am a young stroke survivor. When I was 23 years old in 2008, during my second year of medical school at Duke University, I suffered a massive, spontaneous brainstem stroke. I was left paralyzed from head to toe and subsequently, had locked-in syndrome, which is as horrifying and inescapable as the name implies. My stroke not only took away my body, but also my life, my future and my career. But physical therapy and rehabilitation are giving me a chance to live and to dream again. Along my journey, I noticed the unreasonable amount of young people exactly like me whose lives were similarly dismantled by catastrophic injuries and illnesses, but they couldn't always afford the exorbitant cost of the years of physical therapy needed. I realized, I'm one of the lucky ones – to have the means and enough social support to move mountains. Not everyone is so lucky.

This whole ordeal has been nothing short of absolutely, positively devastating and heartbreaking every single second of every single day for the last five years. But I have been blessed with incredible, unwavering support from my family and friends through all of this. Somehow, in the mix of things, my cousin, Simran, became my wonderful, irreplaceable source of positivity, and hope. For every pessimistic thought I had, she had an optimistic point instantly to counter me. She believed in me so much, that I had no choice but to believe in myself. We decided that every young survivor should have this much support. Everyone should have this much hope. Everyone should have, no, everyone deserves, access to life-changing therapy and the chance to fight for their lives. With her passion and my experience, we started with a dream, and it soon blossomed into a reality. We started this organization to bring support, hope, and aid to young survivors so they have the power to win back their lives.

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Colleena’s Story

Colleena June 30th, 2018, 11 days after Colleena’s 13th birthday, she was struck in the shoulder by a stray bullet. It went behind her lung and struck her spine. Colleena is a strong, humble young lady that loves to sing and help encourage others. Her d…

Mckenna’s Story

McKenna is 15 years old, a rising Junior in High School. Last summer, 6-25-2018, she was in a Jet Ski accident and broke her neck resulting in a C7 Spinal Cord Injury paralyzing her from the Chest down. It’s been a year now and she has worked and wo…

Peto’s Story

On March 11, 2018, I came home from working my 3rd shift job and, after checking a few emails, I was preparing to go upstairs for some rest to prepare for my next night of work when I fell. All of a sudden I had a confused feeling and extreme headache. I …

Elton’s Story

I had a history of knee/joint with arthritis. On Oct. 15, 2018, I received an Euflexa injection to assist with my knees. I was told in 6-8 weeks I should be able to move around better. After 6-8 weeks, that did not occur. I started to gradually lose mobil…

Kain’s Story

My name is Kain and I am a psychiatric resident physician at Atrium Health. On Friday, May 24, 2019, my entire life was changed. I was working out at the YMCA in Savannah, GA (I was visiting my mom) when I experienced a hemorrhagic stroke secondary to an …

Kyle’s Story

Kyle was an E4 diesel mechanic in the US Marine Corps. Deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. Honorably discharged in 2014, he moved to Mount Ulla and started working as a diesel mechanic in Charlotte. “I started at Piedmont Community College for the Guns…

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