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Help Nolan obtain Next Step therapy to walk again!

On the evening of April 23, 2017, Nolan Thomas McDonnell, a student at The College of Desert from San Jose, CA, was shot in the head during a robbery attempt in his car. He was surrounded by a group of five individuals, one of which was armed with a handgun. While Nolan found himself surrounded, he still refused to roll down his windows, and in response, one of the assailants opened fire, sending a bullet through the left side of his skull and out the right. He was immediately sent to Desert Regional Medical Center, Almaden Health & Rehab , and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Acute Rehab, where he experienced six months as a paraplegic with both upper and lower body paralysis and complete loss in motor & fine motor skills (the ability to walk and write). Despite being told by his doctor that he would never be able to walk again, Nolan’s recovery journey has been a tough uphill process. For more than two years now, his hard work under careful physical therapy regimens and constant optimism has helped him regain mobility in his lower body, allowing him to finally stand up straight with moderate assistance.

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December 7, 2019

I’ve always known you were a fighter. Never did I imagine you’d be up against this sort of battle, but you’ve proven over and over again there’s nothing that will stand in the way of your recovery. I’m so proud to call you my brother, and know that you’re closer to the top than you think. Stay strong!!! I love you.

Laura McDonnell