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Happy National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. In honor of this, we are proud to update everyone on Triumph Foundation’s efforts to carry on after the devastating fire to help people who are paralyzed.

Our Let’em Roll Casino Night in July was an AMAZING success.  Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our fundraiser. Below is a video and pictures highlighting the evening.

Check out the outreach update below and mark your calendars for our upcoming events.

Triumph is on a roll and rising from the ashes!

Andrew Skinner

(661) 803-3700

 

Casino Night Success

Our Let’em Roll Casino Night on July 18th celebrated life after spinal cord injury and raised funding to continue helping people that are dealing with paralysis. Needless to say, this was not a typical gala event; it was FUN, inspirational, and its proceeds will transform lives. Everyone had a great time and supported a great cause.

Check out the video and pictures:

National SCI Awareness Month #MORETHANMYCHAIR
September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. Triumph started a viral hashtag (#) campaign to help celebrate, using #morethanmychair.

Our idea is simple: we are having people with SCI post pictures of themselves doing fun activities on various social media sites putting #morethanmychair in the caption. Too often the general population think people that live with paralysis are confined to their wheelchairs and live a life of sedentary. This campaign’s mission is to smash those stereotypes by showcasing pictures of wheelchair users doing things outside of their four wheels.

The campaign will take place throughout the month of September, but hopefully the message that we are, in fact, more than our chairs, will resonate beyond.
 

Care Basket

In the recent fire, Triumph Foundation lost so many of our assets, but our biggest loss were all the Care Baskets & Backpacks.  We had just built over 50 of these care packages and had plans to visit several hospitals.  We have carried on with the few that we had remaining and still made many bedside hospital visits without the baskets by delivering our Wristband Flashdrive, brochure, and mentorship.

Cal State Channel Islands Alumni Association hooked up Triumph with a bunch of goodies for our Care Baskets. We are blessed to have their support. We will be building 50 baskets this weekend and then 100 in November for our Christmas Outreach. Let us know if you are interested in gathering items, helping us build the baskets, or would like to contribute.

With the remaining baskets that survived the fire, we have carried on visiting hospitals.  At Northridge Hospital we met Ron Zannini and his wife Bonnie. After the weekly SCI Support Group, a group of us went down to visit to give him a Care Backpack in his room. We look forward to staying connected and helping him rebuild his life.

We also met with Damian who was recently injured as a firefighter when a tree suddenly fell breaking his back leaving him a paraplegic. He is making a remarkable recovery at Northridge Hospital’s rehab.  Damien and his wife Clara and their son are working to put their life back together. We gave him a Care Basket full of resources to help them make the best decisions as he works to triumph over the obstacles he is facing. They are a great family, and this injury is pulling them all together. We are excited to watch him progress on the road to recovery.

Northridge Hospital is our un-official base were we also met Dennis, who was in a horrific motorcycle accident that broke nearly every bone in his body, including his thoracic vertebrae that left him dealing with a spinal cord injury. He is regaining quite a bit of function in his lower extremities and we hope to see him walk out of rehab. However, his insurance is insufficient not providing him with a wheelchair, so Triumph is giving him a chair to help him maximize his independence.

Craig Hospital in Denver, CO is one of the premier SCI rehabilitation centers. We have connected with people that have gone through their program, and are working to set up a Triumph Division in that area. One of our success stories, Donnie Keibler who we met a few years ago when he was initially injured, was going there to have a procedure done. We sent him with a Care Backpack to deliver to a young man that recently got injured. His family reached out for our help when he returns home to Southern California. We are proud to say that we lived up to our motto of meeting people where they are at.

We are rebuilding our Care Baskets to continue this important outreach.  We are rising from the ashes in triumph!

Keep Moving Forward Grants
Triumph provides financial assistance through our Keep Moving Forward Grant program to help people with financial constraints and inadequate health insurance get necessary equipment, supplies, and services.  Here are some highlights of people we’ve recently helped:

We helped Alex Romero get a new wheelchair basketball chair.  Alex was injured in a motorcycle accident in 2002 at the T5 level. He never thought he would ever play sports again, but a few years after his injury he was introduced to wheelchair basketball, and has been playing ever since. He plays for the Hotwheels and won the championship last year.  Alex got a partial amount granted from Challenged Athletes Foundation

and needed the rest to be able to afford the wheelchair. It is lighter and will be much easier for him to maneuver around the court and it will help him be a better player.

Alanna is involved with the sport of para-dressage. Dressage is a competitive equestrian sport, that is occasionally referred to as “Horse Ballet”. Para-dressage is the only equestrian discipline in the Paralympic Games.  When Alanna was diagnosed with a chronic neurological disease, she discovered para-dressage and found her passion. We gave Alanna a grant to attend The Carlisle Academy’s Para-Equestrian Pipeline Training camp in Lyman, Maine to pursue her passion in sport that has been so therapeutic helping her gain strength, coordination, and mobility.

David Washington was injured when he was 18 years old, as a passenger in a car accident and suffered a L1-L2 spinal cord injury. He graduated in 2003, from California Institute of Arts, with a degree in character animation and has a love and passion for art. David needs 20 more art pieces to complete his portfolio. So Triumph gave him a grant to purchase the necessary art supplies in order for him to finish his portfolio. Once completed his work will be exhibited at a gallery art show. Stay tuned for more information on his art show once he is finished with his paintings.

Hobal Grajeda involved in a motorcycle accident in 2008 where he sustained a T6 spinal cord injury as well as paralysis to his left shoulder and arm. He is currently studying to become a state certified judicial interpreter, but photography and video are his passions. He has also studied TV/Film Production and is a freelance video editor and photographer. Video editing and photography are his only sources of income at the moment and without a computer he is unable to work and earn money. Triumph gave Hobal a grant to purchase a new computer for his photography and video editing business. Having a new computer will allow him to take more jobs and help him to become financially independent.

Support Groups

Triumph holds Life Series SCI Support Groups that meet every week at various locations all over Southern California.The meetings address both practical and emotional needs of people living with paralysis. Many people feel alone and isolated after they get hurt. The Support Groups enable injured persons and their families to network, get candid advice and mentorship from others who have faced similar circumstances, and stay updated on current events.

Here is a full list of times and locations. If you would like to attend, email us to sign up for the meeting near you.
Ballard Rehab meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday every month.  We recently went bowling and we frequently have special group topics and featured presenters. We had Ability Center in San Bernardino come discuss adapted driving systems, driver’s training, the steps to get your driver’s license, and the different ways to purchase a vehicle to get back on the road.

Our St. Jude group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  We recently had trainers Josh Salic and Jason Wanstreet from Strides SCI Functional Fitness visit and share about functional fitness. Strides is a new training facility providing people living with spinal cord injuries and paralysis the means to increase the ability to perform activities of daily living.

Land Meets Sea Camp Clinics
Triumph Foundation was involved with Casa Colina Rehabilitation  Hospital’s annual Land Meets Sea Camp in Long Beach. The event featured water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, handcycling, and a bunch of wheelchair sports. Triumph helped put on the quad rugby and hockey clinics. Everyone had a great time!
This is one of the best events all year long for our community.
So thankful for Casa Colina’s Outdoor Adventures, USARCRAMP, and all the volunteers for putting this on.

Handcycling
Every month Triumph organizes a handcycling clinic, bringing six bikes for people to try out and ride. We invite friends and family members to join in and share the experience to not only enjoy the activity, but gain an insight and understanding into the different disabilities. Click here to sign up to join us for our next ride.
Here are some pictures from our August handcycling clinic out in Ventura where we had around 40 people join us to ride by the beach and BBQ.

Save The Date – Over The Line Baseball
Saturday, October 24, 2015,

Triumph Foundation is planning our 2nd Annual Wheelchair Over-the-Line Baseball Tournament.

Over-the-Line is a modified baseball game where players form small teams, attempt to hit a ball “over the line” into fair territory without their opponents catching it, and keep score. There will be a bracket where teams will have to win their way to the championship.

Only a limited number of people can play so sign up now.  Click here to register.

More details will be announced soon. Stay tuned for updates!

 

Mission
Triumph Foundation’s mission is to help individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) to triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day.  Outreach

Support Triumph
Triumph Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that relies solely on your generous donations to continue our outreach.  Please consider making a tax deductible gift to support our programs.
Donate Now

Newly Injured?
Are you newly spinal cord injured?  Are you lost in a world you never dreamed you’d ever be part of?  Triumph Foundation can help you rebuild and triumph over some of the obstacles you are facing.  Contact us for peer counseling and a Care Basket full of resources.  Contact Us

Equipment & Supply Exchange
Check our classifieds where we pair people who need durable medical equipment with people who have unneeded equipment & supplies to donate. Featuring FREE wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, medical supplies and more.  Exchange

Keep Moving Forward Grant

Triumph Foundation knows that sometimes a simple item or service will enable someone to live a more functional independent life, but financial constraints and inadequate medical insurance keeps it out of reach. Triumph helps bridge that gap with our KMF Grant program.  Contact us if you need help

Wristband Flashdrive
We are now bringing information to the people we serve in a more modern way by handing out a Wristband Flashdrive that is loaded with resources and referrals.  This allows any person to plug the flash drive into a computer and have instant access via hyper-links to the information they want to find out about.  Contact us to learn more

Volunteer

Triumph needs lots of help!  We are forming a volunteer committee to help organize our Over-the-Line Baseball Tournament and Care Basket Building.  And we need people to be involved in our day-to-day operations.
Email us to Get Involved

Support Groups

Ballard Rehab

SCI Life Enrichment group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 3:30pm every month at Ballard Rehab hospital located in San Bernardino.

Cottage Rehab

SCI Life Enrichment group meets on the 3rd Thursday at 5:30pm every month at Cottage Rehab hospital located in Santa Barbara.

St. Jude
SCI Life Enrichment group meets at St. Jude’s outpatient Center for Rehab and Wellness on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 3:00-4:30pm

Wives & Girlfriends

Triumph Foundation’s Wives & Girlfriends of Men with SCI meets about every 3 months. If you or your partner are interested in attending, contact Kirsten

C.O.R.E. Group
CORE Mixer is the last Tuesday of every month at 7pm at C.O.R.E.

Oxnard

SCI networking group meets at Toppers pizza on the first Tuesday of every month at 4:30pm.

New Start
Life Enrichment group for high level injuries and impairment meets on the last Tuesday of every month at 1pm at varying locations in Northridge.

Events

Basket Building

On Sunday, September 13th from noon to 4 PM we will be building 50 Care Baskets and need volunteers.  If you’d like to help, email info@Triumph-Foundation.org

DisAbility Sports Festival

On Saturday October 3rd at Cal State San Bernardino.  The event will feature numerous adapted sports, including a quad rugby clinic held by Triumph.  Click here to sign up to participate for FREE

Rancho SCI Games

On Saturday October 3rd Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center is holding its annual SCI Games featuring wheelchair basketball, football, rugby and more.  Sign up to participate

Over-The-Line
Saturday, October 29, 2015 Triumph is planning our 2nd Annual Over-The-Line Wheelchair Baseball Tournament at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. To register click here.
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