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. I felt like 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 dream again. Along my journey, I noticed people exactly like me whose lives were similarly interrupted by neurological injuries and illnesses, but they couldn’t always afford the exorbitant cost 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 affected individual should have this much support. Everyone should have this much hope. Everyone should have, no, everyone deserves to have access to therapy. 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 so many so they have the power to win.

What We Do

Our Recipients

James W’s Story

I played basketball internationally in Spain until I was afflicted with MS which changed my life completely. Some 28 years ago, I went from being a World Class athlete to a disabled man overnight. This grant will mean everything. It will allow me to conti…

Keith’s Story

In Nov. 2019, I had 3 spinal cord surgeries. I fell at home playing with the kids and my t6 and 7 vertebrae fused together. I’ve been going through therapy to learn how to walk again. It’s been a long road but I’m doing everything I can to get out o…

Gina B’s Story

I am a retired Administrative Assistant. We moved from New York in 2017 and purchased a new home in Mooresville. I was an active person and managed our household, and took exercise classes at the local YMCA. I remember the day of the stroke that my words …

Ja’Quana ‘s Story

On February 17, 2021 I was driving under a bridge and my car slid on black ice. I pressed the brakes and my car flipped over. After that I broke my neck and had a spine injury. They told me I was a quadriplegic. I was in the hospital for 3 months with phy…

Cameron D’s Story

I was shot in a robbery attempt. It caused damage to my C-6 causing lower paralysis which with therapy I have been able to receive at BTI Rehab has been helping me become independent again. This grant will help my family with support in equipment and trai…

Jessica J’s Story

Jessie’s birth was very difficult. Born 8 weeks premature, Jessie suffered a traumatic brain injury that left her with PVL (periventricular leukomalacia). This condition led to Jessie suffering severe seizures as an infant, followed by developmental del…

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

-Mother Teresa

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