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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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CHAIYA’S STORY

On June 12, 2011, I was shot 4 times in my leg, back and buttocks leaving me with a spinal cord injury. I replay that day over and over again in my head wishing and hoping it was all a nightmare, unfortunately, this is now my reality. With this grant, I c…

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DAMIAN’S STORY

Damian was in a motorcycle accident back in August 30th, 2016. He suffered a terrible brain injury followed by a stroke with right side weakness. He was in Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, NC for 5 months. Then was sent to Oak Forest Rehabilitation Cent…

NICK’S STORY

I was in an auto accident about 3 years ago that left me paralyzed from the chest down. It has been a life changing event for both myself and my family. I am unable to do many things by myself that I once never thought twice about, like get out of bed or …

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DAVID’S STORY

In short, I am a 39 year old, husband, father, son and brother that happens to be a quadriplegic, tetraplegic, quad or whatever you prefer to call it. I guess I shouldn’t say I happen to be a quad but rather quadriplegia happened to me. About 5 years ag…

ELAINE’S STORY

One month after turning 21, I fainted and fell nearly 2 stories from a ladder. The fall resulted in a T 7/8 complete fracture, and breaking all my ribs and collapsing both lungs. I was to enter my senior year of college at Binghamton University in NY Stat…

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BRETT’S STORY

I am a 28 year old that was healthy, fit, enjoying life with working hard, traveling around the world, playing golf, and enjoying family and friends. On August 6, 2017, I awakened during the night with a brain bleed/stroke. After almost a week in ICU, a w…

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