Brett Smith

Brett Smith
(SCI) Spinal Cord Injury

A recent UConn graduate and US Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, Brett has always been extremely active and adventurous; childhood explorations with his brother, Litchfield Varsity HS swim team, completing Tough Mudder 2012 & 2013, hiking Mt. Washington in February for his 30th birthday in May, and rock climbing everywhere and as frequently as possible. Brett married another Litchfield Varsity swimmer, and NF local, his best friend Stacie and they celebrated their 5th anniversary September 4th. On July 25th, 2014 Brett was injured in a swimming accident, fracturing C5, crushing C6 and requiring a replacement of C6 and fusion of C6 and C7. He is now paralyzed from the upper chest, down. For this extremely active young man, the adjustment to being confined to a wheelchair is tremendous, as are the mounting medical expenses. But you would never know it from his uplifting spirit and determination to beat the odds. His strength and resolve are apparent in every therapy session; his progress is inspirational.
In just 4 months of working twice weekly (6 hours per week) at Project Walk Boston, Brett has seen return of core strength and control, back and arm strength, balance while standing, and no longer requires any assistance to get into the family car. He has also seen leg movement and control beginning to return, and is now working towards more than return of balance and control; but on gaining his ability to walk again. He is even strong enough now to join the local Wheelchair Rugby team!

Brett is the type of person to go out of his way to help his friends and family, or a complete stranger, for that matter. With this mindset, we hope you'll consider helping Brett out in one way or another. We are asking for your assistance in continuing his therapy at Project Walk Boston; we have seen such progression not only in his physical abilities, but in his daily positive outlook. Funds donated on this page will go directly to Bretts' therapy hours at Project Walk Boston, so that we can continue to work towards his full recovery and regaining his overall health.

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