One of the things that drives me and our mission here at Twelvestone Group is a direct result of something that happened to my best friend and little brother.
About ten years ago my brother Andrew broke his neck in a snowboarding accident. Thankfully he lived but the injury he sustained left him paralyzed, obviously changing his life significantly. Andrew is now quadriplegic but incredibly that does not stop him from being the man he was called to be, nor does it preclude him from doing the things he wants to do.
In fact, many people, including myself, have had times in their life when you get knocked down. And what separates greatness from mediocrity is the willingness to get back up in the face of adversity. My brother Andrew has that kind of character.
In just a few years after his injury, Andrew started Triumph Foundation (www.Triumph-Foundation.org) ; a non-profit organization, dedicated to helping others with spinal cord injuries triumph over their injury. The Triumph Foundation focuses on life-after paralysis and ambassadors from Triumph are often the first friends people make after experiencing such a traumatic injury.
Ambassadors from Triumph Foundation go into hospitals on an almost daily basis to meet people with spinal cord injuries right where they are; to deliver hope and prayers and information about the injured persons new life. Many people that find out that they are paralyzed face the urge to check out; to get depressed and quit life. But Andrew and his organization are there to show them that there is life after paralysis, in fact it can be an incredible life – you just have to learn to do things a little different.
And isn’t that what success in life is all about? Being able to adapt to change and thrive in the face of obstacles? In addition to bringing hope to what often seems to be hopeless situations, the Triumph Foundation also has organized sports programs for people in wheel chairs, they raise money through corporate grants and private individuals like yourself to get equipment to people in need, to deliver a wheel chair to the mother who needs it to get home to her children, or an accessible van to the father who will need it to ride in the same car with his family.
Triumph Foundation exists because of the generous gifts from people like you. Donating just $20 can make a significant difference in a person’s life. I urge you to visit the Triumph Foundation website to hear Andrew’s story in his own words and the stories of many other people whose lives have been touched by Andrew and his foundation.
Triumph Foundation has also done home modifications which has enabled people with spinal cord injuries to go home after they are released from the hospital; installing ramps or widening door ways to make the persons transition into their new way of life that much easier.
Then go to this page to make a tax-deductible donation! Keeping with the mission of the Triumph Foundation, it is Andrews and my goal to build an Independent Living Facility for people with spinal cord injuries. Right now, if your loved one suffered a spinal cord injury that prevented them from moving home after their hospital recovery, they would be warehoused in a convalescent type environment with people essentially just waiting to die. But people with paralysis don’t need to be convalesced. Many quadriplegics and paraplegics only need simple assistance, like getting dressed in the morning and then they’re off living normal lives once they have help getting into their chair in the morning.
The Triumph Foundations Independent Living Facility will be a place that offers full time housing to people with paralysis, where they can get the part time assistance from skilled therapist and live in an environment with people that are facing similar challenges. The Independent Living Facility will also have a job training system and class rooms where people with paralysis can learn new skills that they can put to use immediately in the free market and compete with able bodied people. So much is done on computers now days that someone with limited use of their hands can still be a writer, an architect, an engineer, web designer, or public speaker. With the right network, anyone can be anything they set their mind to. I urge you to not only be a part of our real estate investing team, but please, joint the Triumph team and make a contribution in someone’s life.