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.

What We Do

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Basher’s Story

As a 23 year old student in Daraa, Syria, Basher joined a group distributing food to households during a regime induced siege on his city. He was arrested with hundreds of others on the street, sent to jail and tortured for 30 days. This resulted in quadr…

Timothy’s Story

On Sept. 10, 2017, I was in a motor vehicle accident. I hit a pole. I obtained a spinal cord injury. In the beginning, my initial diagnosis was quadriplegia (I was unable to move my upper and lower extremities unable to move from shoulder down). With exte…

David D’s Story

I was injured on August 5, 2017, while swimming with my family. My C5 vertebrae was fractured, and I became paralyzed in my hands, arms and legs. I spent 9 weeks at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, and then came home to Greensboro. It has now been 14 months si…

Phillip’s Story

I live in a small town in North Carolina. On August 13, 2015 I was vacationing in the Dominican Republic with my wife and some close friends. We decided to go on a boat, where we could enjoy the beautiful water, snorkel and just have fun. There was a slid…

Malia’s Story

In April 2018, as I was visiting my niece and nephew, I began to have back spasms and severe pain. I was taken to the hospital by ambulance where the doctor discovered I had had a spinal cord stroke. I have a T-6-T-7 incomplete spinal cord injury. During …

Hitesh’s Story

I am a 24 year old international student. I was diagnosed with haemorrhagic stroke due to uncontrolled high blood pressure. Date of onset was 07/12/18 (210/140 mm Hg B.P.). My right side got paralyzed due to blood clot in basal ganglia (in brain). Admitte…




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-Mother Teresa

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