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Golf Tournament Will Help Father with Paralysis Walk Again

Emily Progin, PR and Communications Coordinator / 800.642.8399

Release: Immediate


Golf on October 13 to Help Eric Murray Fund a ReWalk Exoskeleton

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—An October 13 golf tournament will bring the community together in support of a one-of-a-kind cause: helping paralyzed husband and father Eric Murray to walk again with a ReWalk exoskeleton.

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About Eric and the ReWalk Exoskeleton:

Eric is a husband and father of two daughters who was born and raised in Nashville. Eric’s life changed forever in December 2012 when a car accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Processing the devastating experience, Eric found comfort and strength in his Nashville community: “We knew the changes our young family would face, but with the support of family, friends, and community, we remained grateful and hopeful for our future.”

Eric met his challenges with faith and positivity—and he always believed he would one day walk again. That dream crystalized three years ago when he traveled to Atlanta to try a game-changing piece of technology: a ReWalk exoskeleton. The experience was life-changing. “There are no words to describe the feeling of standing and walking again,” said Eric.

ReWalk devices help people living with paralysis or lower limb disabilities to walk again. In the process, they provide potential health benefits that include greater mobility and physical engagement, decreases in spasticity, improvements to bowel and bladder management, and even healthy increases in bone density. Using an exoskeleton regularly can help people with paralysis like Eric to improve their mobility, physical capabilities, and independence over time.

The experience lit the fire of hope in Eric. He began to dedicate every single day to getting into better physical shape so that he could take full advantage of the technology. In the process, he reached out to his insurance to ask for assistance with the cost of a ReWalk. Despite the proven medical benefits, insurance denied his request—twice.

That’s why Eric turned to the national medical fundraising nonprofit Help Hope Live to start a fundraising campaign. Donations can be made at:

All proceeds from the Golf Tournament will go directly to Help Hope Live in Eric’s honor. “It will change the quality of my life,” explained Eric. “I dream of walking with my daughters, sharing some vertical hugs, and kissing my wife.”

Eric’s dream is one that other local individuals with paralysis may soon share: when he reaches his fundraising goal, he will become the first person in Tennessee to use this technology.

Donations to Help Hope Live are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and all funds raised will be managed by the nonprofit to cover verified medical and related expenses. Help Hope Live verifies medical and financial need for every patient.

Help Hope Live is a national nonprofit that specializes in engaging communities in secure, tax-deductible fundraising campaigns for people who need a transplant or are affected by a catastrophic injury or illness. Since 1983, campaigns organized by Help Hope Live have raised over $165 million to pay patient expenses. ##

Written by Emily Progin