Dear Family and Friends,
I’m writing you today in hopes that you will read my story and see my dream. As many of you may know, I have always loved horses and I started riding when I was 12 years old. I rode for the next ten years until my accident.
On August 12, 2003 the horse I was riding, named Little Bandit, decided to rear up. Within a couple of seconds the animal fell sideways on top of me. My C5 and C6 vertebrae dislocated, instantly paralyzing me from the torso down. I spent approximately four months in the hospital and, though my doctors said my chances of walking were slim to none, I took it upon myself to keep exercising and stretching.
After several years of swimming, yoga, acupuncture, and weight lifting my body’s muscular system started reacting like ripples in the water. Where I was only able to lift a pound with my biceps in the past I am now able to lift twenty pounds. My triceps, laterals, abdominals, and hip flexors have all regained movement. I have worked hard to regain my strength and I hope that you will recognize my determination to walk.
For the past 14 months I have been attending the SCI Recovery Project in my home city of Denver, Colorado. In that time I’ve regained some leg movement that allows me to do squats and ride a stationary bike where, prior to the program, I wasn’t able to move my legs at all. That progress does require money though. My goal is to raise $10,000 per year for the next seven years in order to allow me to continue to progress in this program and aid in my recovery.
Unfortunately this program is not covered by my insurance, so I have chosen to fundraise for Help Hope Live in part because Help Hope Live assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility for contributors. Contributors can be sure donations will be used to pay or reimburse medical and related expenses. To make a tax-deductible donation to this fundraising campaign, click on the Give button.
For more information, please contact Help Hope Live at 800.642.8399.
Thank you for your support!
All donations are tax deductible and would be sincerely appreciated in order to help me move toward my ultimate goal of walking again!
December 24, 2013
Over the course of 2013 I raised $7,500! Thank you to everyone who contributed! 😀
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January 12, 2021
You’re amazing! Keep up the good work!
July 1, 2020
Love the oils girl!
June 22, 2020
Stay strong keep focused you got this
April 18, 2020
Love from MN
January 22, 2020
Your truly amazing a total inspiration to me strait up heart of gold and soul of a lion going to be donating money from every check I get to help you
January 18, 2020
Let's get you that machine!!!
January 8, 2020
January 5, 2020
December 1, 2019
Love, Love you! Your such a sweet, thoughtful person. You have a heart of gold! Stay strong! xxx-ooo
September 21, 2019
God bless you!
July 21, 2019
But my hopes are so much higher Don't count me out, I'm a survivor I've chased these dreams down city streets Dead-end roads that no one sees And I'm proud to be a fighter Don't shut me out, don't hold me down I'm right here, I'll be around I'm paying my way, I'm paying my way Some days are slow, some days fly by Some days I laugh, some days I cry I'm paying my way, I'm paying my way I'm paying my way, I'm paying my way Keep fighting cousin, love you!!
July 18, 2019
Hope you reach your goal Heather! Keep on going with it. Looking forward to the event!
Ben and Jen Pope and Stretch
July 17, 2019
KEEP THE FAITH HEATHER AND KNOW THE LORD IS ON YOUR SIDE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!! I LOVE YOU❤️
July 16, 2019
I love you to the moon and back.
July 10, 2019
Heather is the bravest woman I know
June 24, 2019
Sarah Kay Carlson
June 22, 2019
For one of the most wonderful and amazing people I’ve ever known
Laura and Sandy Vannoy and Gregory
June 6, 2019
Sarah Kay Carlson
May 14, 2019
Kick some ass!
Sarah Kay Carlson
October 6, 2018
You are a strong amazing person, I wish nothing but the best for you. Keep moving forward, you can do it. I miss you always
August 5, 2018
So great to see the wonderful work going on! Lots of Love!
April 18, 2014
Your attitude and determination is remarkable. In fact, your spirit has helped one combat veteran soldier I know overcome any difficulties he has faced. I realize you may have your bad days, but your overall fearlessness really is an inspiration. I am honored to call you my cousin. I love you!
November 17, 2013
Hi Heather I sure do miss doing yoga with you at Samadhi but hope that you will make your way out west to Project Walk, I live right down the street, meant to be! xo
August 10, 2012
Thanks for letting me visit your workout yesterday - I was BLOWN AWAY! You've gained so much strength, and your whole body looks and acts totally different from before! Keep it up, girl!
Katix / Golden, CO
June 5, 2012
hi heather you're seriously one of the toughest lady's i ever met.. i miss your face.. hope all is well :)
February 20, 2012
Heather I Love You!!! I am so proud of the you and I envy your determination to keep moving forward. I am always going to be here and support you in any way I can. Keep up the good work.
Marcie Checkush/ Colorado
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