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On September 27, 2007 I went from a completely healthy, active, just married 34-year-old woman to a C5 quadriplegic in about 4 hours due to a rare auto-immune disease called Transverse Myelitis. Since then I have been making slow but steady progress with the help of a fantastic team of therapists, family, friends and my amazing husband, Trevor. I am steeped in gratitude to all the generous donors who have helped me achieve many of my goals in recovery and independence. Every day brings new struggles, but also new achievements and, most importantly, hope.

Updates (2)

August 6, 2015

Heartworks, an Act of Kindness organization from my hometown, has created a matching fund campaign to help defray the costs of the new van. This amazing organization is matching up to $6,000 on all donations given until August 26th! Thank you Heartworks for being my hero!

July 13, 2015

On June 23rd I got a phone call that will profoundly and postively impact my life! I won a brand new, fully converted mobility van that I will be able to drive myself! This was one of three vans awarded in a contest that I entered in May. Many, many people voted for throughout the month to get me in the top 10% and then an independent panel of judges chose the finalists!!Trevor and I are just stunned at this tremendous gift. It is the work of many hands and I can’t wait to use this van to be more involved with my community and reach out to others! With this blessing does come financial responsibilities and we are hoping this blessing does not become a burden. Any and all help is received with utmost gratitude!
Thank you for your support!


August 13, 2015

Hi Cynthia- We were so happy to hear about you winning the van. The thought of it kept me smiling all day long. I can only imagine how this will change your life. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Lou and Janine Blanchet

August 13, 2015

Cynthia - it warmed my heart to hear that you won the van. I look forward to hearing some stories about your travels. I see you have a new member of the family. I had heard about Freckle but had not seen a picture - what a handsome companion you have! Congratulations and all the best to you and Trevor.

Cathy Blanchet

August 12, 2015

Cynthia, Congratulations on the van. As friends of Connie and Al, we get updates about you from them. Please accept our good wishes and admiration for all you do and for your perseverance. We are sending a donation today.

Mary Flores-Harper and John Harper

August 12, 2015

Cynthia, We are so thrilled about the van!!! We are just in awe over your courage and grace over the last 8 years. You are still the same altruistic person even with so many challenges. Lots of love to you, Trevor and Freckle.

Connie and Al Rogers