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On July 7, 2016, Justin Bennett’s life changed. While vacationing with family in the Outer Banks, North Carolina, Justin dove into a wave and hit his head on a sandbar and suffered a C4/C5 spinal cord injury; Justin was paralyzed from the chest down. Justin was air-lifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he underwent spinal fusion surgery, and for the next two and a half weeks, began his recovery; Justin was then flown to Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where he stayed for the next three months to endure strenuous physical and occupational therapy. Justin returned to Richmond in early November 2016 and since that time, has continued his physical and occupational therapy at Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital. In addition, Justin has added four (4) intensive strength building workout sessions to his weekly therapy programs. Justin continues to progress and gets stronger every day.

Justin was born and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. Before his accident, Justin was extremely active, an avid golfer and an outdoor enthusiast. Justin is equally passionate about his career, and by the time he was 25, he had attained his CPA license. Justin is a very determined man and is working extremely hard to get back to the productive life he cherishes.

Updates (2)

July 30, 2018

July 28, 2016 Shepherd Center – Learning the Puff Method to Operate a Power Wheelchair

October 4, 2017

February 9, 2017 . . . Justin Using the Indigo Exoskeletal (Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Center, Richmond, Virginia)

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September 4, 2018


Ryan Casey

August 15, 2018

Justin: You have shown true strength and courage during these last two years. You are an inspiration to all of us. Love you! Phyllis Ewing

Phyllis Ewing

August 15, 2018

Wishing you all the success with this worthy project. Carol & Tom Muratore

Carol Muratore

August 13, 2018

Justin, I hope my contribution brings you some cheer and hope for continued improvement to your mobility. I can't imagine how you have dealt with the recovery from your injury. Best wishes to you and your mom too (Kathy). Sincerely, Ben Bruno

Benedict Bruno