In the flash of a single random gunshot, Justin Thompson's life changed forever.
The high school athlete was now paralyzed from the waist down. But where most young men would have been crushed by the news, Justin never lost the positive attitude that made him such a valuable part of his soccer and basketball teams.
I knew from day one that I could do this. I just had to keep working."
Miraculously, Justin's spinal cord was intact, and the bone chip in his T9 vertebra could be repaired. "Given what happened, this was the best possible way my injury could have worked out," he says. "I knew from day one that I could do this. I just had to keep working."
Justin's family needed a team as focused as he was on improving his strength, health and mobility, and they found one at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Every day, Justin's father drives him to a Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network® (NRN) facility – a three hour round trip – for Locomotor Training. "It has helped me a lot," Justin says enthusiastically. "I've made a ton of progress, and they're pushing me to be as strong, healthy, and active as I can!"
Locomotor Training, a specific set of muscle motions to help Justin's body remember how to walk, is just one of the effective therapies at NRN that wouldn't be possible if friends like you didn't give to the Reeve Foundation. But there is so much more to be done to give every individual living with paralysis the best possible health and mobility. As we resolve to finish the race to treatments and cures, we want you to join us. Your support changed Justin's life. Will you join us to change more?