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This fundraiser ended on 10/31/12

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The family and friends of Gabriel Pean are uniting to raise funds to offset the costs of his rehabilitation at Journey Forward.

A few words from Gabe:

My "journey forward" began on Saturday, June 6th 2009, when I woke up after back surgery and was not able to feel or move both of my legs. After this was confirmed by a CT scan, the doctors informed me that they were not sure if the damage was temporary or permanent. All I know, is that I knew that I would not spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair and that I was determined to walk again.

On August 9th 2009 I started moving the toes on my right foot and the next day started moving the toes on my left foot as well! After spending 128 days, in the hospital, I was discharged home to continue physical therapy on an outpatient basis.
Numerous times while I was both inpatient and outpatient I kept hearing people talk about a place called "Journey Forward". So finally when I was feeling the need for more intensive physical therapy, my wife Maggie and I decided to look into it. It is a non-profit place for rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries and takes a very physical approach to their program. We visited the place and loved it! Its program has a very positive hands on approach: a gym with all kinds of special equipment to work every part of your body in a coordinated effort.

My goal is to walk independently again. The cost is a $100 per hour long session and it is not covered by any insurance. I initially started twice a week but when my insurance covered visits at Spaulding Rehab in Boston were complete for the year I started going to Journey Forward three days a week. I have continued to make progress. Recently, I was able to stand straight with my knees locked in place and hold it for about 20 seconds! That was a first for me.

My goal for this fund raiser is to raise enough money to pay for the next six months of my therapy at Journey Forward. Before becoming paralyzed I was over weight and diabetic but I have lost nearly 100 pounds and have maintained a proper diet so I am off all insulin and maintain the blood sugar of a non-diabetic! If I can do that, then I know will walk again with my faith in God and wonderful supportive friends and family.

Thank You Everyone For Your Support,
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