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****Please watch the above interview of Austin by Fellowship Greenville in celebration of his 1 year post-injury anniversary.***
You may be asking yourself, “WHY ARE THEY TRYING TO RAISE SO MUCH MONEY?” This is similar to the financial shock that our family is in as well. According to the Dana and Christopher Reeve website,, and the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) located at The UAB Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, in the year 2015, the average cost for a 25 year old in the first year after a spinal cord injury similar to Austin’s injury is $3,451,781 to $4.7 million. Each and every year thereafter for the rest of their life is $113,423,00.. These totals are only for medical and physical care, not basic costs of living. Since Austin was 16 years old at the time of injury and it is now the year 2021, his financial costs are greater than those stated above. Even with medical insurance, many needs are not covered by insurance. Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation will be managed by Help Hope Live and paid DIRECTLY to Shepherd Center, all merchants, and all services for Austin’s present uncovered foreseen needs, therefore you can be assured your donation is securely used for necessities, which currently are a modified vehicle ($56,000-$80,000), home modification projects ($50,000-$250,000), activity based physical therapy (approx. $45,000 each year), home physical therapy equipment such as a functional electrical stimulation (Estim) bike ($15,000.), walking parallel bars ($5,000.), stretching mat table ($5,000.), small therapy equipment (?), and acupuncture & massage therapy to alleviate pain, muscle tone, and stiffness as well as skeletal wellness (approx. $16,000 each year). There are some desired costs like adaptive equipment for elective activities, such as sports and outdoor fun, that are not in these totals since they are not necessities.
If you have any further questions about any of this information, please go to the previously mentioned websites or contact me, Kasie, Austin’s mom, on this website.
Thank you for your interest and help! -PLEASE READ ABOUT AUSTIN BELOW-
On May 15, 2020, at the age of 16, Austin sustained a catastrophic spinal cord injury when he broke three cervical vertebrae in his neck in a swimming pool accident. He was immediately paralyzed from his chest down with very minimal arm movement. Thankfully, his friend saw him faced down in the water and rescued him. At the ER, he was diagnosed with quadriplegia, which means all four limbs of his body are affected with paralysis. The following morning, Austin underwent surgery to stabilize his neck which required two titanium rods and 10 screws from cervical 4 to thoracic 2 vertebrae. After 12 days in the NeuroTrauma ICU at Greenville Memorial Hospital, he was transferred to Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA for their Spinal Cord Injury Inpatient Program and their subsequent Day Program. He was there for six months, then came home for four months to have his second Baclofen pump surgery and recovery. As of April 5th, 2021, he is back at Shepherd Center for their Beyond Therapy program, which, with enough financial funding, Austin can plan on participating in for the rest of the year and thereafter until his goals are achieved or his recovery plateaus, then he will move on to other treatments and therapies in the U.S.. To learn more about Beyond Therapy, go to .
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May 28, 2021


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June 21, 2021

I will pray for God to watch over Austin and heal his body.

Gary Tompkins

June 11, 2021

Go Austin! #ClemsonFamily #ShepherdFamily

Jane Johnson

June 9, 2021

Austin you are an amazing young man. Keep up the hard work. All of us at the ARK church in Redlands, CA are praying for your advanced recovery. God has a great plan for your! Barbi Smith

Barbara Smith

June 3, 2021

Continued prayers for you & your family!

Deborah Ballard