2010 was a year of many changes for me and my family. The year began with my determination to achieve a healthier lifestyle. A little overweight, I vowed to myself that it was time to exercise more and make better eating choices. For exercise, I decided that regular bike riding was the best fit and my health improved rapidly. That is until one day, when everything changed.
On Labor Day weekend in 2010, I went out for what I thought was just another bike ride. A few miles in, I fell down a nearby hill and suffered an injury to my spine paralyzing me from the neck down.
It was because of this that I spent three and a half months as an inpatient at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital followed by another four months of rehabilitation as an outpatient. It was during this time that I became intimately familiar with the significant impact Sunnyview has on people’s lives and am delighted to have the opportunity to give back to an institution that gave me life again.
As a not-for-profit hospital, Sunnyview is committed to providing excellent rehabilitative care to all people regardless of their ability to pay. Maintaining state-of-the-art equipment, facilities, and highly skilled staff is essential to the patients and families we serve. For that reason, we rely on the generous contributions from the community to help us improve the lives of people with disabilities and the lives of their families. Philanthropy is vitally important in this regard.
We are grateful for your continued partnership and support in the work that we do. I can say without hesitation, that I am where I am today because of the amazing support that Sunnyview provides. Thank you for your generous donations to the Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. We cannot be successful without you.