Resources Abound When You Get Connected with Your SCI Community
By Lisa Wells, Cure Medical
Connecting with friends who understand everything that comes with a traumatic spinal cord injury or a life-changing medical condition can be challenging sometimes. That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce you to two organizations—Triumph Foundation and Spinal Network—who unite friends with SCI across Southern California!
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A 501(c) 3 organization, Triumph Foundation’s mission is to help children, adults and veterans with spinal cord injury (SCI) or disorders to triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day.
The organization was founded in 2008 by Andrew and Kirsten Skinner. Andrew suffered a C4, C5, & C6 Spinal Cord Injury in 2004 and is a recovering quadriplegic. Kirsten was with Andrew at the time of his injury and has been with him every step of the way.
Today, Triumph has more than 3000 members who actively participate in their ongoing social and sports events, along with peer support group meetings, throughout California. Triumph’s KMF Grant program also helps people get necessary equipment, supplies and services.
Click here for a list of Triumph’s monthly meetings including times and locations.
Explore Spinal Network’s Resources and Community Programs
Spinal Network is dedicated to providing pathways for success by connecting individuals that have a spinal cord injury with employment and/or educational resources necessary to achieve their individual goals. Their programs typically take place in the Riverside area and in San Diego.
Spinal Network’s Meet & Greet events are a great way to catch up with friends, meet new friends or build upon your support network. Those that are newly injured/diagnosed have an opportunity to hang out with the more seasoned individual asking questions and listening as members all share a story or two.
Find your closest Spinal Network Meet & Greet here.
Spinal Network President Rick Hayden Discusses Strictures, Peer Support and More
T-8 Paraplegic Rick Hayden, Spinal Network’s President, shares why he chooses to use a Cure Medical catheter after having two surgeries to remove his urethral strictures, along with why he remains actively engaged in supporting people who are newly injured.
Cure Medical Proudly Supports the Triumph Foundation and Spinal Network
Triumph Foundation and the Spinal Network are also proud to serve as official California chapters of the United Spinal Association, a national network of non-profits serving people with SCI/D. Intermittent catheter manufacturer Cure Medical is a generous financial supporter of both chapters along with many other United Spinal groups nationwide.
You’ll find the Cure Medical team actively participating in both groups’ ongoing social, sports and fundraising events as well as volunteering personal time to pitch in at hospital peer meetings, or preparing SCI resource gift baskets for people who are newly injured.
Join Us at the Los Angeles Abilities Expo
Come to the Los Angeles Abilities Expo to get involved with your local Triumph Foundation (booth #451) and Spinal Network (booth #1012) chapters! Then stop by the Cure Medical booth #447 to find out why Cure Catheters® are so popular with their members.
We’re all looking forward to meeting YOU at the Abilities Expo so register now for your free pass to join the fun!
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