Our Personal Stories Series is designed to help you understand first-hand what a cure would mean for individuals and families effected by spinal cord injury.
Twelve years ago, Ashley Moore was injured riding in her family car on the way to school. A simple five minute car ride forever changed the lives of Ashley and her entire family. She was left a quadriplegic as the result of her accident, but she and her family continue to live life each day working hard to help her stay ready for the day we have a cure for paralysis
Paralyzed at the age of 14, Gabriel Laguna has endured more pain and suffering than anyone should ever have to experience. As a child growing up, Gabriel loved baseball. Even after his injury, Gabriel was active in coaching little league teams and giving back to his community. However, for the past nine years, Gabriel has lived in nursing homes and hospital rooms because of a rare hyper stimulated autonomic nervous system. Gabriel’s intense courage and belief in humanity is a source of inspiration to all who meet him.
Christian became paralyzed when he was just a baby. He was an innocent 9 month old riding in the family car as the Russell family was returning home from a road trip. They were almost home when a car coming from the opposite direction lost control and smashed into their car. In that instant, life for the Russell family would never be the same.
Overcoming challenges was nothing new for overall athlete Peter Jessee. Little did he know that arching his back during a simple surfing lesson would result in paralysis. Peter came walking to the beach and told his parents that his back was bothering him, within hours they would receive a diagnosis of paralysis.