We had a great time at our event, Move Through It, last Friday June 17th. The evening marked the 2nd anniversary of Ethan's spinal cord injury and we couldn't have asked for a better way to spend it and celebrate all of our accomishments and spirit, amongst friends celebrating strength, patience, and perseverance in the midst of challenge. Together we raised enough money for Ethan to access 35 more hours of intense therapy. We're both super thankful for everyone that showed their support either at the party or through donations of refreshments, raffle items, and their time and energy helping to put all the pieces together.
Apr 20, 2016
As the 2nd anniversary of Ethan's Spinal Cord Injury approaches on June 17th, I want to take a moment to update you on his recovery....
Ethan's Progress: Due to Ethan's perseverance, the support from family and friends, and the following professionals and organizations , Ethan is healing a bit more everyday...
Ethan works with a trainer, Heather Bakker, through the Fighting Back Scholarship Program weekly.
He works with Bob Chapra weekly, a Feldenkrais practitioner. The Feldenkrais method is concerned with the connection between awareness, movement, and neuroplasticity.
Ethan does horseback riding as therapy once a week at Thorncroft in Malvern, with his instructor Jane Higgins. The riding has an instant and lasting impact on his body and is great for balance, and reacquainting his body with gait patterns.
Josette Cicacci travels to our house weekly to work with Ethan on his recovery. She draws from her combined backgrounds in physical therapy, yoga, and myofascial release.
Ethan spends countless hours at the Rocky Run YMCA working to calm and loosen muscles, stretch, and build strength. And a lot of biking!
We both feel extremely lucky to have all these contributions to his recovery. Because of all this support we know that more is possible. Ethan is eager to get back to Southern California and push himself further within a community of people that have been seeing results for the past 20 years and with just a little more funding that will be possible.
Ethan CAN WALK about 1/8th of a mile with a walker. It takes all his energy. We learned our lesson a few times in the past year that this experience is about patience. When he or I have tried to push the acceleration on his recovery too hard he fell backwards, most times literally. With the frailness of bones after a Spinal cord injury, Ethan can't afford many falls so he has become an expert at pacing himself. It's a give and take, trying to gauge where his body is at and when it is ready to grow stronger and reconnect neural pathways.
Thank you all for your continued support!
Dec 02, 2015
Ethan has been home from Project Walk in California since September 2nd and has been making some gains, working daily at the YMCA or with one of the many professionals that have donated their time...
Sep 23, 2015
Thanks to all for your donations and the help we raised a few thousand dollars towards Ethan's recovery last weekend at the Great Media Garage Sale. It was quite an event with an amazing turnout....
Aug 06, 2015
Stef has been writing about her experience as partner in the SCI recovery process: