Who We Are


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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Anderson’s Story

I was driving my motorcycle and a car pulled in front, causing the accident. I was taken to CMC Main. Spent a couple of days in the ICU. I underwent back surgery. My left arm was broken so I also had surgery for that. I had a brain injury as well. Before …

Hatch’s Story

On June 23, 2018, my wife, Kelly, our dog, Ben, my friend, Chris and I were riding mountain bikes in a very remote area of the NC mountains. I tried to bunny hop a tree that had fallen across the trail but did an endo instead. Kelly and Chris were about 3…

Kiara’s Story

On August 1, 2010, an ex-boyfriend and I got into a heated argument in Chicago. Later, about 10 minutes of arguing, I decided to leave. I had no money or way to get home but I wanted to leave before things escalated. While standing in the kitchen facing h…

Waiel’s Story

Waiel was having a period of fevers and vomiting. After a few days with no sign of improvement, we took him to his pediatrician who decided it was a viral infection and gave him medicine to suppress his nausea. After a day of no incidents, he began to vom…

Sophie’s Story

Sophie was healthy and very active until age 7. She was an ice skater, soccer player, loved swimming, going to the park, and playing outside as much as possible. Then in Feb. 2016, she had what we and her doctors believed to be typical childhood viruses. …

Tyler’s Story

My name is Tyler Wesley, I am 22 years old, and I’m from Denver Colorado and grew up to be a pretty active and outgoing young boy. Growing up I was a big soccer player and dedicated everything I had to that sport because I loved it that much. Making the…




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-Mother Teresa

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