Tony couldn't feel his legs, but then...
It was an exciting day of snowboarding for 19-year-old Tony Malloy until, as Tony says, "I went over a big ramp, and I just went too high in the air. I fell on my back and the first thing that went through my head is that I couldn't feel my legs. It was scary."
Adjusting to a wheelchair after a C5, C6 spinal cord injury cast the future into question for this active, independent teen. Would he be able to walk again? Would he be able to go to school?
Tony began his therapy at a Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network® (NRN) center and began to see glimpses of a different future ahead. The NRN uses cutting-edge therapies that promote recovery and better health for individuals living with paralysis.
"I've seen a lot of improvement since I started," Tony says enthusiastically. "I'm using my legs a lot. I'm using them functionally now, which I wasn't before. I'm a lot stronger and a lot more independent. I can stand using a walker."
Now Tony dreams of leaving his wheelchair behind for good. Jared, one of his physical therapists, is optimistic. "I've definitely seen a lot of change in Tony since joining the NRN," Jared says. "It's been leaps and bounds. He has a good attitude and he's focused, not on the past but looking ahead." Tony adds, "It's important to do everything you can to improve your situation. Everyone says this, but, don't give up."
Tony is resolved to achieve great things, and with your gift to the Reeve Foundation right now, you can help thousands like him on their way through innovative therapies and groundbreaking research. Will you partner with us today?