Hi everybody my name is Amanda! I am a wife and a mother to two; Chloe who is 9 and Cameron who is 5. My husband Brandon, of over 10 years, who is not only my high school sweetheart, but we have known each other since Kindergarten, was paralyzed January 1, 2013. To keep a very long story short, or as short as I can, I will give you the brief version. Brandon spent 9 years in the army as a Green Bret. I left my family and friends to follow him across the country. During the 9 years, he made 3 deployments to Afghanistan. Unfortunately, 3 weeks into our 2nd deployment Brandon was air lifted out and brought back home. He sustained minor injuries, or what we thought was minor at the time. He was released back to duty months later with an artificial lens in his right eye, shrapnel throughout his body and a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). He served the rest of his contract out, about 3 years, went through another deployment and ETS out of the army. We were ready for civilian life!
We moved back to California where we were originally from. Brandon started school to become a fire fighter, I was working; we were busy raising our kids, enjoying the beach and mountains nearby. On January 1, 2013 we took the kids to Mt. Baldy to play in the snow one last time before Christmas Break was over. Brandon and I took turns playing with the kids while the other skied. Brandon went for his last run and returned on a sled behind ski patrol, and was air lifted to Loma Linda University Hospital. I learned he had a seizure on the chair lift and fell 30ft, breaking his back. Since then he has been diagnosed with Epilepsy from the TBI, we were told this is a side effect and can surface 5-10 years later, guess our minor injury wasn’t that minor. "He will never walk again", was what we were told. However, I refuse to believe this! I know my husband and he will walk again!
Life is by no means cheap or easy with a disability. The emotional and physical change on a person is more than most people can even start to understand. PossAbilities is a FREE organization for physically challenged people to help them live their life to the fullest. This about what you love to do...what if you couldn't do it anymore? What if you had to learn to do EVERYTHING over again?
Please help keep this amazing program going! Everything little bit helps!
As a fundraiser...any donation over $50 will receive a free T-Shirt...just send me your address and size to firstname.lastname@example.org
Team PossAbilities wrote -
Your financial support of PossAbilities helps us to continue our mission to provide new direction and hope for people with diverse disabilities. Every dollar helps a physically challenged person thrive and reach their full potential in life. We believe in those we serve, thanks for believing in us!
PossAbilities is a free community outreach program developed by Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus. The program’s goal is to offer individuals who were born with, or have suffered, a permanent physical injury a sense of community helping them live their lives to the fullest. PossAbilities has over 3,900 members and provides various resources and opportunities for individuals with diverse disabilities such as limb amputation, stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and others. In addition to various support groups, peer mentoring, adaptive sports, and educational scholarships, we host over 35 different recreational and social activities each year to afford our members an opportunity to actively participate in their local community.