As you probably know, Damone Brooks (better known as Damon Brooks), lived a very active life prior to his recent spinal cord injury. At the young age of 19, Damone’s life has changed forever. Following his accident, he was diagnosed as a level C4- C5 quadriplegic, and has been hospitalized at University of Maryland Medical Center since April 20, 2012. He was told he would never walk again.
Damon graduated from Springbrook High School and currently attends Goucher College. Damon has always enjoyed playing basketball, and has dreams of making it big. Prior to the accident, Damon was finishing up his freshman year at school and preparing himself for the upcoming basketball season.
In spite of the many struggles that he faces, Damon remains hopeful that he will be able to return to a productive life in the community through the support of family and friends. Damon is planning to enter an intensive therapy program that will strengthen his body and help him regain some additional function in his arms and hands. This therapy is extremely expensive.
To help with the cost of these uninsured medical expenses, specialized equipment and recovery–based therapies, a fundraising campaign in Damone’s honor has been established with HelpHOPELive (formerly NTAF), a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for nearly 30 years. In 2000, they expanded their mission to include those who have sustained a catastrophic injury. All contributions are tax deductible, are held by HelpHOPELive in the Mid-Atlantic Spinal Cord Injury Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for injury-related expenses only. Please consider making a donation:For more information, please contact HelpHOPELive at 800.642.8399.
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December 26, 2017
You are an inspiration for so many. Your story really touched my heart. Merry Christmas, Damone! May the small contribution multiply 100x over and over for your recovery and to offset the treatment costs.
A friend of a friend
December 15, 2013
Damon Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. My 19 year old niece broke her neck at C6 this summer while swimming in the ocean, and I know it takes a lot of work to make progress and that every little victory is hard won. Wishing you much strength and courage as you continue to work and make progress.
Linda Barone (Goucher FMS)
October 8, 2013
Dear Damon, I know there are bad days but pull on that competitive spirit. I hope your good days out weight your bad days. There are people who don't know you but have watched you play that are praying for you and your friends and family. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
October 8, 2013
Damon - just found out about your injury. Keep the fight alive - your Goucher family near and far are all pulling for you.
Jeremy Kraut-Ordover/University Hospitals - Cleveland, OH, Goucher '01