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On August 27, 2012 while on my way to a job that I loved, I was involved in an automobile accident that left me a C5-C6 quadriplegic. I was paralyzed from the chest down. My mom was told I had the “typical” Christopher Reeve injury and to expect that I would not have use of my legs, hands or arms. I would need to use a power wheelchair for the rest of my life, and be dependent on others for my care. Statements that I have already proven wrong and will never accept.

This accident changed my life forever in a way that presented some huge challenges to overcome, challenges I have accepted. I CONTINUE to strive to overcome the odds and prognosis. I CONTINUE to regain movement and control of my body. I have achieved these gains through hard work, and some amazing therapy.

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March 21, 2016

I want to thank all of my supporters immensely. You all have helped drastically improve my life already. Thanks solely to the fundraising, I have been able to train at Barwis Methods over the last 15 months. My growth in those 15 months has been truly incredible; my arms, core, and hand function has improved so much. I am starting to drive again for the first time in over three years. This milestone alone is beyond measure for my journey to independence. My legs have even started moving. My improvements have been so drastic that the doctors have finally reclassified my injury as incomplete. All of this is so amazing but none of it would be possible without support from all of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will continue to fight and make you proud.

Did you know?

•Insurance allows for only 20 days of rehab per year for someone with a spinal cord injury (no wonder so few recovery)
•Kirk trains for 10 hours per week at a rate of $100/hr which is all self-paid
•The estimated recovery to rebuild neurological mapping is 45 months (according to Mike Barwis, inventor of neurological re-engineering technique)
•Kirk has completed 15 months in the program so far, showing remarkable gains

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October 30, 2019

You're truly an inspiration to all of us at Sun Coast Fence. Thank you for sharing your story and never giving up!

Sun Coast Fence

December 27, 2018

Kirk, you are AWESOME!

Johnny Svajko

December 21, 2018

Wishing you well in your therapy and recovery. I am glad I can help

Earl Hughes

November 29, 2018

Congratulations on proving the doctors wrong, and all the progress you’ve made! We’re rooting for you! Dylan, Tony, and the rest of the Reel In Realty Team!

Anthony Svahn