Hi, my name is Tammy Le. On April 4, 2008, during my senior year at Milpitas High School, I was in a car accident that shattered my C4-C5 vertebrate. The spinal cord injury incurred paralyzed me from my chest down, leaving me an incomplete quadriplegic. It completely changed my life–I went from being independent, holding a part-time job, to being completely dependent, I couldn’t even feed myself. My paralysis didn’t just mean the loss of movement and/or sensation for me, it ultimately meant the loss of my independence.
Over the past year, with the money raised from my last fundraiser, I was able to afford a Saratoga arm cycle to strengthen my arms and keep me active when physical therapy was not affordable. With this arm cycle, I have made so much progress and have much more mobility in my left arm — an area that I have always struggled with. I had set a personal goal that I would able to push myself, and on the 7th year anniversary of my accident, I was finally able to do achieve it. It felt surreal because I honestly could not picture myself–it was so redeeming and encouraging. Recently, with the help of my family, I can now afford to restart therapy again, but with the expenses being so high and my insurance only covering one primary chair at a time – being my electric chair- I cannot afford a brand new manual chair. The manual chair I do have is not fitted for pushing, which can damage my shoulders. I would like to once again ask for your generous help to me fundraise so that I can purchase a fitted manual chair which will help me remain active and healthy,along with living as independently as possible. Thank you sincerely for your contributions.
March 30, 2016
Take a look at my new video and help me continue with physical therapy. Many thanks.
March 30, 2016
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May 2, 2016
Hi Tammy! I'm Ellen Mae's cousin, Jheri Mae. She speaks so highly about you. You are a strong and amazing person! I admire you and wish you all the best. May God continue to guide and bless you through your journey!
Jheri Mae Opinaldo
October 6, 2015
Hey Cousin! Thank you for sharing your videos with me. I'm really proud of your progress and I can tell in the videos you're really pushing yourself. Unfortunately I haven't been back in town for awhile but I miss you and hope this will help! Call me anytime :)
Daniel Evan Lee
August 14, 2015
Hi Tammy! I know I don't know you, but I know your brother who knew my brother Bernard. Your story, spirit and courage are really inspiring! Keep pushing!!
August 13, 2015
Hi Tammy -- I am Benny's aunt. I've heard a bit about you over the past several years. He reposted your video on his Facebook page, and I have to say that you really are inspiring. I hope this little bit helps get you closer to living more independently.