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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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Jason’s Story

My name is Jason. I am 44 years old and have a wife and 2 kids at home. I have been a trucker for 20 years and a sole provider for the last 15 years. That all changed on Oct. 4, 2019 when I fell from the top of a trailer shattering a vertebrae and [&helli…

Catherine’s Story

Mom had 2 strokes. One in 2006 after the death of her only daughter who just had graduated from medical school. The second in 2012 made additional damage and made her weaker both physically and emotionally but still believe (pastor’s wife) that she will…

Robert’s Story

On August 1, 2019, I fell ill to viral meningitis. The viral meningitis was so severe that it caused an autoimmune disease known as Guillian Barre’s Syndrome with spinal cord involvement. The Guillian Barre’s Syndrome was a way of the body protecting …

Andrea’s Story

We suffered a serious accident on August 25, 2019. My 15-year-old daughter at that time, broke the spine at the level of the T4 and that is why remains paralyzed. She lost her father in the year 2018 and spent every moment strong; at the time of the accid…

Alexander’s Story

Alex is 17 years old, he had a car accident and is in paralysis. We were in the hospital for 4 months. Alex’s injury is C% and he also has a trach. Alex has good control of his biceps, but minimal movement on his wrist, no movement on legs, trunk and ha…

Efe’s Story

We recently moved in NC and Efe turned 21 years old at the same time. We learned that his Medicaid only covers 3 sessions of PT per referral! He has been in therapies most of his life and without continuous professional care, his back pain returns! His ki…

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