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Magee2013 Statistics

Money Raised
Team Fundraising Goal: $10,000.00
Total Raised: $18,760.00

Members Recruited
Recruitment Goal: 10
Members Recruited: 20

David working on his trunk control (above); Fred back on the water 2 years after his injury (below)

David Dragon

David Dragon was 18 years old when he started his freshman year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a cadet in the Army ROTC. He enjoyed football, hunting, and working on cars. On September 1, 2012 he was a passenger in a serious car accident. The driver crashed the car over a wall causing the car to fall 30’ onto the Central Scranton Expressway, landing on its roof. David was rushed to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. Doctors determined that he sustained a C 6-7 spinal cord injury. Unable to move or feel his legs, he underwent surgery the next morning to stabilize his broken spine. He spent 11 days in the ICU in critical condition. He recalls his surgeon telling him that he needed to go to Magee because “they are the best” rather than the local rehab center in Scranton.
On September 9, 2012 he began intensive physical and occupational therapy as an inpatient at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. Eleven days into his recovery he was rushed to the ER with bilateral pulmonary emboli. He returned to Magee 5 days later and commenced Locomotor Training once a week as an inpatient. At first he thought it was pointless to be walking on this treadmill with people moving his legs when he couldn’t move them at all. However, on October 11th he recalls using his phone to capture the 1st movement he was able to perform, rocking his right leg in and out. When it was time to be discharged 10 weeks later he knew that he needed to go to Magee’s outpatient facility at the Riverfront to enroll in the NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Program to continue his recovery. With the help of his mother and aunt he travels over two hours from the Scranton area to Philadelphia five days a week to participate in the NRN program. When Dave started the program he was non ambulatory and could stand only 18 seconds unassisted with a rolling walker. He recently completed his 40 session re-evaluation and has shown tremendous progress. He now stands over 5 minutes unassisted with a walker and started walking at home with use of a walker. Last week he and his friends worked on fixing his truck for the 1st time since his injury.
Fred Duling

Fred Duling grew up as a rower on the Schuylkill. From there he launched a lifetime of rowing and coaching achievement that took him around the world. Beyond personal achievement, Fred has for decades been a beloved spirit of Boathouse Row, a mentor who cheerfully took on all tasks, from paperwork to weigh-ins. Fred was very seriously injured when he was alone at his boat club hanging Christmas decorations and he had a fall over the banister on December 6, 2010. He was found unconscious on the foyer floor inside the front door of Malta. When the EMTs arrived, his body temperature was down to 86 degrees after an undetermined period of time on the floor, and he was unable to move his body below his upper chest. He fractured his spine in 4 different places, the Cervical (“C”)1, C2, C6 & C7 vertebrae. His spinal cord was injured at the C6 vertebrae. He suffered a concussion, and multiple facial fractures including broken nose, broken cheek bones, and broken orbit. He also had several deep lacerations on his face.
Fred was in the hospital on a ventilator before eventually moving to Magee Rehabilitation to begin his therapy. He continued to demonstrate the excellent work ethic that made him a world class rower as he worked hard to regain his ability to sit, transfer, move around in bed, and take care of himself. Eventually Fred came to the locomotor training clinic and became a member of the Neurorecovery Network. With daily training his tolerance for standing, independence with getting in and out of his chair, and endurance greatly improved. His positive attitude was infectious and inspiring as he continued to progress. Unfortunately Fred was in a car accident at the time of his LT training which resulted in a fractured foot. He had to discontinue his work on the treadmill but it hasn’t slowed him down. He recently received an amazing gift from his children for Christmas: a specially adapted WinTech Racing double scull. Fred took to the water with his son for his first ride on the river since his accident. It was such an amazing experience for him that he plans to become and advocate for adaptive rowing. Fred is a welcome, frequent visitor to the LT clinic and wellness gym where he continues to inspire patients and therapists, alike.

Team Members:
Total Raised$18,760.00  
General Team Donation$9,493.00  
Melania Dieterick$200.00  
   Elizabeth Ardolino$540.00  
   Erin Blaustein$200.00  
   Robin Cvitanov$200.00  
   Mike DePetris$2,885.00  
   Dave Dragon$200.00  
   John Fox$200.00  
   Martina Galli$200.00  
   Erin Kelly$200.00  
   Alice Kennedy$200.00  
   Amanda Laarz$0.00  
   Arielle Martone$200.00  
   Erin O'Donnell$200.00  
   Mary Schmidt Read$200.00  
   Kristen Snyder$200.00  
   Andrew Stamatelos$245.00  
   Robert Ward$2,142.00  
   Elizabeth Watson$625.00  
   Andrea Weaver$230.00  
   Laurajean Wright$200.00  


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