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In 2008, at the age of 24, Aaron Teel was paralyzed in a hit and run car accident leaving him instantly a C6 quadriplegic (with no movement from his chest down), and was told he would not walk again. Despite the prognosis, Aaron made a definitive goal to do just that. His goal is to get back to life like it was before the accident…to be able to play soccer, surf, golf, snowboard and skateboard.

Aaron has remained laser-focused on that goal, so much so that in 2009 he located back to Central Florida to attend an intensive activity-based recovery program at Project Walk Orlando ( Liza Riedel, Founder and Executive Director of Project Walk Orlando, and the mother of a young adult living with a spinal cord injury, says that most of their clients are facing similar situations as Aaron’s when they come to them.They are seeking ‘out-of-the-box’ alternatives; something other than what the ‘system’ pushes them towards–spending their lives in their wheelchairs, with no hope of getting out of them.

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March 13, 2016

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 2, 2016 for the 7th Annual Spaghetti Cook-Off! Now in its seventh year, the annual event features an endless pasta dinner (partially sponsored by Barilla), a sauce cook-off contest and more! Open to the public, entrance donation is $25 per adult and $10 per child, which includes dinner, 1 drink ticket and 1 sauce cook-off voting ticket. Register early by clicking the yellow "Register" button below!

March 25, 2011

3rd Annual Spaghetti Cook-off

It’s back!!!! The 3rd Annual Spaghetti Cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th, 2011 (that's after Easter and before Mother's day). The event will include the sauce competition, raffle prizes, silent auction, live music, endless pasta and both adult and kid-friendly beverages. The auction and raffle prizes have started to arrive and will be phenomenal as always! The event will feature live music, but let’s not forget the sauces. The competition promises to be fierce this year with likely repeat contestants. Will any new-comers step up and dominate the veteran sauces?

The Spaghetti Cook-off is held each year to raise funds in honor of Aaron Teel's non-profit, NTAF Southeast Spinal Cord Injury fund to support his ongoing, uninsured therapy efforts in his struggle to live a life of independence. Three years ago Aaron incurred a spinal cord injury in a hit and run car accident, confining him to life in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic at the age of 24. Thanks to the community’s support and Aaron’s hard-headed determination, he has been able to fight back and dedicate himself to rigorous therapy in an effort to regain feeling, control and independence. Aaron’s therapy costs are nearly $40,000 out-of-pocket each year, but there is no question that it’s worth every last cent! He is the reason for this fundraiser, and he and his family can’t thank you enough for the continued support over the last three years! If your spam filters allow, check out this recent YouTube video of Aaron during a therapy session at Step It Up Recovery Center:

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August 20, 2015

Glad to be a part of your Special Unity (Dan & Paula) and to be able to help Aaron!

Liza Riedel / Ron MacKenzie

May 19, 2013

Aaron, I wanted to say how impress I am with your attitude. I am currently going to Cleveland, with the hopes of one day being listed for a single lung transplant. I am a very unique case. My prayers and thoughts are with you. God Bless

Tanya Ewig-Milwaukee, Wi

August 25, 2012

Hi Aaron
My husband also has a website on HHL waiting for a heart transplant. I wanted to say good luck to you in your endeavors and thank god for the help of your family and friends. Love your artwork

Michele Bertolami