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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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RYLEY’S STORY

At the age of 19, I was a very active, full of energy, young man with a joy for life, ready to start my sophomore year at UNCW. But, on July 17, 2016, my life was changed forever in a neighborhood pool. I burst fractured my C6 vertebrae and was immediatel…

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JAMAL’S STORY

On December11, 2015, I was involved in an accident causing me to lose physical movement in the lower part of my body. I would like to resolve the muscle spasms I have been having and if possible, I would like to keep the leg strength that I had before the…

AISHA’S STORY

I went to ER because of really bad stomach pains. I can’t even count how many times I have been. I went to the gastro doctor. He sent me straight to the ER. The ER kept me & said I needed to have my gallbladder removed. They removed it 5-19-16 …

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TERASA’S STORY

My name is Terasa Knoll. I am 28 years old. I was injured in a diving accident. I severed my spine at the C5 area and the doctors told me I was never going to walk again. I was really athletic before my injury, and I enjoyed yoga, hiking, and riding my bi…

CODY C’S STORY

I started racing motocross when I was 4 years old. I had plans to turn pro one day, until I had gotten cancer when I was 17 in 2012. Luckily, I was able to beat it and go into remission in 2013. I started to ride and train again to try and turn pro in [&h…

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GARRETT’S STORY

I had my spinal cord injury on July 28th of 2015. I was at a community pool with a good amount of people, which is what I did almost every day for that summer. On this day, the pool we were at had become more packed than usual, so we decided to switch to …

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