Help us change the lives of people with paralysis all across the nation!
Sustaining a spinal cord injury is a life-changing event. Losing your movement, sensation, and independence can be devastating, and this is often the reality of people who are paralyzed. Out of the 1.5 million people in the United States who live with a spinal cord injury, many feel hopeless on their journey of living with paralysis. The paralyzed community faces many challenges every day: feelings of loneliness, barriers to employment, and the inability to partake in fun activities. Luckily, Determined2Heal is on a mission to change this!
Determined2Heal is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by people with paralysis, for people with paralysis. Over the last 14 years, we have helped change the lives of thousands of people with spinal cord injuries across the nation. Through our mentorship website, disability employment resources, and free adaptive adventures, we are determined to empower those with paralysis to live fulfilling and exciting lives. We know firsthand that people with spinal cord injuries can succeed and thrive after being injured, and we want to share this reality with the paralysis community all around the country!
2019 was an incredible year for Determined2Heal. We reached over 14,000+ video uploads on our community mentoring website, SPINALpedia, where people with spinal cord injuries all around the U.S. and the world can learn from each other’s experiences and develop a sense of community. SPINALpedia helps teach people that they are not alone in their paralysis journey. We’ve also been developing a brand new SPINALpedia website for the last four months, with new content on employment, legal support, and advice for the newly injured. In 2020, we will be launching our new website and adding even more content to help change the lives of people with paralysis for the better.
Determined2Heal also aims to empower the disability community to find fulfillment through work and move towards financial independence. In October, Determined2Heal launched a nationwide outreach campaign for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, where we provided hundreds of people with disabilities with disability employment information and resources. In 2019, we personally helped 15 people with disabilities return to work and maintain employment, and we connected over 50 people with free benefits counselors in their area. In 2020, we aim to expand our disability employment resources and help even more individuals return to work.
This year, Determined2Heal put on a record number of adaptive adventures for people with spinal cord injuries. Throughout 2019, we facilitated over 450 free adaptive adventures such as waterskiing, sailing, and indoor skydiving for 150+ families across the nation. Determined2Heal adventures allow families to create memorable, exciting experiences that will last a lifetime. Each adventure is 100% free for participants. We are so excited to expand this program in 2020 to more locations around the country, reaching even more people with paralysis than ever before.
We can’t do this without your help. This holiday season, we are looking to raise $30,000 to continue our work for the paralysis community in 2020. All of the services we provide are completely free for people with spinal cord injuries, meaning we can’t do what we do without the generous contributions of people like you.
Please help us meet our fundraising goal by donating and sharing this page with family and friends! Every donation counts, and every dollar you donate helps change the life of someone with a spinal cord injury. With your help, Determined2Heal will continue to empower people to wheel towards a better paralysis future.
Thank you for your support, and Happy Holidays from Determined2Heal!