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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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Fifa’s Story

I am almost 18 years old. A year ago, I had a hemorrhagic stroke associated with my sickle cell disease. It caused aphasia and significant right sided weakness. I have not been able to return to my high school, but I hope to next year. I have trouble with…

Willard’s Story

I was fortunate to be blessed with good health my whole life and enjoyed outdoor activities like hiking, backpacking, kayaking, scuba diving and snow skiing. I retired at 62 and had big plans for continuing these for many years to come. Six months later I…

Meghan’s Story

Meghan has amazing inner strength. She has determination to overcome her obstacles. She has gone from a wheelchair to a walker, to a crutch and independent walking. Always hitting her success, only to be knocked down by brain tumor recurrence, again. Her …

Tonya’s Story

In May of 2010, I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm that caused me to spend four months in the hospital. It lead to a brain swell and shunt infections. Once released from the hospital, I had to spend a year completing physical and speech therapy. Five ye…

Jonathan’s Story

Jonathan was shot 3 times in his head and once in his arms, when he was at a block party in Gastonia, NC. They said he was dead but God had other plans. It left him with right side weakness and also speech problems. This grant would help him with his ever…

Philip’s Story

A year ago, I never thought I would be in this situation. I was a young athlete, a football player with aspirations to be a gym teacher and/or a physical therapist for athletes. I suffered a spinal cord injury in 2019 and I am still trying to accept my ne…

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