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

Susan C.’s Story

On August 2020, I was involved in a bicycle crash that left me a paraplegic. I am incomplete meaning I have some sensation and motor function below the level of injury. My injury level is T12 so paralysis is from the waist down. Due to my injury, I am now…

Kacey M.’s Story

After years of trying to obtain a diagnosis for my 22-year-old daughter Kacey, she was recently diagnosed with a rare disease, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP). Although the name of her condition would suggest that she has family members with this cond…

Dale T.’s Story

Over the summer of 2019, I was doing some extra work with a friend on his pressure washing company to earn money for college. On June 5, 2019, I fell off the roof of a house approximately 15 feet and landed on concrete. The shock was absorbed through my l…

Charles C.’s Story

Charles was working in the home office, we heard a loud noise, we went in to see Charles on the floor, he was conscious but could not speak. The paramedics were called and he was taken to the hospital. A CT scan revealed a broken blood vessel in his brain…

Brian P.’s Story

After working as a physician assistant for twelve years in orthopedics, I found myself at a point where I needed to step back and determine my focus going forward in healthcare. During that time, I began to have health issues that worsened and were compli…

Roxy’s Story

I was in a car accident on 1/28/20. I was trapped and had to be cut out the truck. I broke 6 ribs, fractured T11 and had to have emergency surgery to decompress and fuse T9-T12. I came home after 38 days. I try my hardest to be as independent as possible.…

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

-Mother Teresa

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