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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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IAN’S STORY

When I was 6 months old I was diagnosed with preleukemia. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had access to extraordinary doctors and healthcare at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that enabled me to have the chemotherapy, total body ir…

SARAH’S STORY

My name is Sarah (Katie). I’m 26. I had my car wreck 5 years ago. I was driving on an icy road and skidded into a tree. This left me in a coma for two months and on life support for 4 months. The accident left me with a TBI. I lost my ability to [&helli…

MALIK’S STORY

My name is Malik and I’m 22 years old. Prior to my accident, I was a carefree, happy young adult, trying to find my way in life- working towards going back to school and finding employment. On Sunday, November 12, 2017, my life was forever changed. I fe…

CRISTINA’S STORY

In the summer of 2015 I went for a motorcycle ride with my friend as I had done for many years, only to wake up at the hospital. Still sleepy, I said I would be back on my feet by the next week. I’m a professional dancer and not being back on the dance …

AMANDA’S STORY

On August 21, 2016, I went on a horse trail in Burbank, CA. When the horse I was riding bolted in a sprint the length of a football field and threw me into a concrete tunnel wall where I suffered multiple brain injuries on my frontal, temporal and occipit…

RACHEL’S STORY

On August 17, 2017, my husband uprooted our family to Charlotte, NC where he was transferred for work. We moved from Rochester, NY where I worked as a pulpit rabbi. The weather was a welcome change to the harsh winters of Upstate NY, but I had to leave my…

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