Agustin is a 31 year old who was in a car accident on his way to work. Because he did not have insurance, he was unable transfer from the hospital to a rehab facility that could meet his needs. Instead he was brought home, and his wife and extended family have been caring for him every single day since his accident in November of 2017. And despite the many barriers, he has continued to progress. He is now alert and oriented, beginning to talk, eating well and weaning off his feeding tube, using both hands for many of his daily needs and working on slide board transfers. The sacrifice and persistence of his family is overwhelming and beautiful.
This EasyStand Evolv is a $2,500.00 piece of equipment. I don't care that it costs that much money. It's amazing, yes, that we were able to give them this awesome piece of equipment. But what I think is way more amazing is how it made its way into Agustin's hands. It was donated to the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group of Rockford by a family member of someone who passed away. So that loss, and that pain that that family experienced through the injury and then death, is now bringing so much joy and hope to this family. And that is the essence behind this organization and doing these missions - from the crushing and the pain of something that was so horrible, there is new power. That individual's legacy is living on, breaking new ground, and I feel so grateful to be this little vessel helping make these connections.