Victory scholarship program recipients

Through the Victory Scholarship Program we are providing the gift of HOPE and INDEPENDENCE. Meet some of the scholarship recipients and learn more about their stories.

 
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Jacob- vehicle hand controls

I cannot adequately express our appreciation for this scholarship. Since Jacob was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, almost four years ago, it has been very difficult finding assistance with all of the extra expenses. This is the first time we have been approved for a scholarship. When everything 'normal' your child used to do now runs at a much higher expense, finances can become overwhelming.  Thanks to the generosity of VVF, Jacob is behind the wheel using his hand controls! - Mother of a Victoria’s Victory Scholarship Recipient

 
 
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James- Wheelchair

Since I was paralyzed in 2017, two of my goals were to become more independent and be able to drive again. Before applying for a scholarship from Victoria’s Victory Foundation, my wheelchair was too heavy to take apart the wheels and then put in the car. Every time we wanted to go somewhere, my wife would have to go through this process. Overtime, it started to damage her back and shoulders. I knew if I couldn’t find a lighter wheelchair, I was going to become completely dependent on another caregiver.

However, since receiving a scholarship from Victoria’s Victory Foundation for a lightweight wheelchair, it has made the transfer process so much easier. My chair is easier to break down and lighter for my wife to take apart and put into our car. I feel indebted to VVF. This has been a huge step towards gaining more of my independence back. Once again, thank you.

 

Alexandria- Home equipment

4 years ago I was in a car accident causing injury to my spinal cord, which left me unable to move anything from my neck down. As I laid in my hospital bed I was looking at my beautiful one-year-old daughter. I thought to myself, this can’t be it. I need to do everything in my power to be there for my daughter. Soon after, I found out about Project Walk Boston. After over a year and a half of continuous hard work with the trainers putting me through rigorous therapy, I was able to hold my head up strong and drive my chair with my arm.

I refuse to give up. I have come so far and I keep saying to myself it’s not a race it’s a marathon! I was feeling that my training sessions were not enough for me. I needed more. I needed daily movement. After researching, I found a motorized arm and leg bike. This was one that I could do at home every day, moving my arms and legs when I’m not at therapy. However, there was an issue, the machine was out of my budget and I could not afford it. This is where I was blessed. Victoria’s Victory Foundation was able to give me a scholarship to buy the motorized bike for my home! I want to thank Victoria’s Victory Foundation from the bottom of my heart. This gift has given me the ability to move my arms and legs every single day. Moving like this at home is something I have not done since before my accident and never thought would be possible to do again.

 
 
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lelle- personal care hours

On October 15th, 2017 I was involved in a car accident that left me paralyzed from the shoulders down. My mother and husband became my primary care providers at home. A few months after my accident  my mother had to go back to work and her home, leaving just my  husband to do it all on top of working full time as a military member  and taking care of our three-year old son. Unfortunately, our insurance does not cover nursing (PCA) hours. Thankfully there was  a foundation we could apply to, Victoria’s Victory Foundation and  we were able to get assistance for personal care hours. We are so  thankful to have some of the financial burden of this situation lifted  from our shoulders. This has helped us in so many ways and we  can’t thank VVF enough.