Help support Neuroworx and Team Marshall as we look to concur the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay this June! The fundraising campaign set up here is especially important for patients of Neuroworx and you can play an important role here, but first a little more about Team Marshall and why our fundraising is so crucial for Neuroworx and people in our community.
Marshall Evans grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah working for his family plumbing and heating business. At a young age Marshall found a passion for cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, ATVs, or basically anything with a motor. Coincidentally, Marshall's love for motorsports and being in the outdoors is what eventually led to his spinal cord injury on Easter week of 2018.
Marshall had just finished rebuilding his motor on a new Polaris RZR Turbo and decided it was time to test out its power in the Utah sand dunes. After an amazing day of tuning the engine and riding with good friends in the sand dunes, Marshall went back out but forgot to put on his safety harness this time. As he was powering his way to the top of a sand mountain he made a sharp turn as he crested the mountain, rolling his Polaris multiple times and tossing him around inside the vehicle. With his adrenaline rushing Marshall saw an opportunity to escape from the rolling vehicle, but during his attempt became trapped with half of his body still inside. As the full-weight of the vehicle came crushing down on him, it rolled one more time and ejected him. Instantly, Marshall knew he was paralyzed as he laid there helplessly watching the Polaris roll over two more times before landing on top of him and pinning his face into the sand. Fortunately, a couple of dirt bikers came to his rescue just in time, rolled the machine off of him, and the "sand-bulance" were called to transport him down the mountain so he could be life-flighted to a hospital.
On this ill-fated day, Marshall suffered a complete-T12 spinal cord injury rendering him paralyzed from the bellybutton down. The week after his injury was a complete blur between surgery, nurses, doctors, and his crying family. But Marshall persevered and immediately began his inpatient neuro-rehab.
While in rehab Marshall met a new friend and mentor, Brock, who was the first person he had really met after his accident that was truly happy in their chair. Brock was doing life. Driving, working, supporting his family, and not letting his injury hold him back. Brock told Marshall about an outpatient neuro-rehab facility in Salt Lake called Neuroworx and helped him get connected there. Feeling overwhelmed and terrified once he left the hospital, Marshall knew he had a long road of therapy ahead in order to accomplish his goals. Fortunately, Neuroworx had just what he needed and his friends had helped get him started at the clinic.
Neuroworx provided Marshall with three physical therapy sessions per week, unlimited use of their workout facility, loaned him a basketball wheelchair, hosted ski lessons at snowbird, and providing him a hand cycle for Ragnar. Neuroworx offered him all the tools he needed to thrive after his accident and achieve his goals. All of this without ever asking for a dime.
Offering state-of-the-art care to Marshall and other patients like Marshall, Neuroworx makes this all possible through funds coming from campaigns like this one for Ragnar. With your donations to Neuroworx, more patients are able to get the care they require when their insurance no longer covers their physical therapy visits or other circumstances don’t allow them to get adequate therapy.
Neuroworks is a licensed, outpatient, nonprofit physical therapy facility focused on providing extraordinary rehabilitative interventions for children and adults experiencing paralysis from spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, stroke, and other neurological conditions. This kind of care requires special expertise, unique equipment, and generous time. The resources that are generated from this collaborative effort with Ragnar are directed toward the area of greatest need