Volunteers visit Southern California hospitals to bring resources to recently paralyzed patients, delivering a message of hope for life after spinal cord injury.
Ambassadors and volunteers from a Canyon Country based nonprofit will deliver Christmas care baskets to approximately 100 victims of spinal cord injuries.
From December 1 – December 22, Triumph Foundation staff and volunteers can be found at a dozen hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout Southern California bringing resources, mentorship and a message of hope to patients who have spinal cord injuries. Locations include Long Beach VA Hospital, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Northridge Hospital, St. Jude Medical Center, Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation and Sharp Memorial Hospital.
The gift baskets are full of necessary information to help men and women get a new start after injury and enable them to live life to the fullest potential. In addition, Triumph Foundation includes gifts and goodies that will bring cheer to recipients who are newly paralyzed. The organization is requesting donations to support its efforts.
“Being in the hospital is never easy, but it is especially difficult for people who suffer a spinal cord injury during the holiday season,” said Andrew Skinner, Triumph Foundation’s founder who was injured during a snowboarding accident in November 2004. “I spent my Christmas in the hospital so it’s near and dear to my heart.”
Triumph Foundation’s “Care Baskets” are like a tool-kit to help patients rebuild their lives after becoming paralyzed.
“There is no instruction manual on how to live life using a wheelchair,” said Kirsten Skinner, who was with her husband when he got injured and has stayed with him every step of the way. “When someone becomes paralyzed, their injury affects everyone around them – family, friends, loved ones, and the entire community.”
Mr. Skinner has made a remarkable recovery, and wants others with similar injuries to triumph like him. “I have come so far from where I was initially,” he said. “Now, I am living the American dream, despite my physical impairment. I want to help others do the same.”
Triumph is seeking monetary donations to be sent to Triumph Foundation. In addition, the organization is collecting donations of cookies, treats, gift items, and other goods to include inside the baskets. Contributions will ensure Mr. Skinner and Triumph Foundation can continue to provide critical support services needed in the Spinal Cord Injury community. All donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to: 17186 Hickory Ridge Court, Santa Clarita, CA 91387.
About Triumph Foundation
Triumph Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day.
Services include giving people who are newly paralyzed care baskets which are filled with information and resources, providing grants to help obtain necessary equipment, supplies, and services; assisting with home modifications for wheelchair accessibility; leading SCI support groups; and sponsoring wheelchair sports teams and adaptive recreational programs to support disabled athletes. Outreach and peer support is provided throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Kern, and San Diego counties.
To date, the organization has touched the lives of over 2,000 individuals with disabilities; given $80,000 in assistance to people with inadequate medical insurance; performed seven home and bathroom remodels; provided wheelchair accessible vehicles to people who did not have the means to purchase one on their own; handed out over 700 care baskets to newly injured people; and regularly visits 15 area hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout the Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Kern, and San Diego counties.
An annual fundraiser was held December 3 at Route 66 in Canyon Country,
which featured a silent auction. A portion of sales went to the foundation.