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Friends and family are uniting to raise money for intensive therapy to help David walk again.

In June of 2010 a mountain biking accident left David Wieselmann with a broken neck and a spinal cord injury at the C7 vertebra which left him paralyzed from the chest down. Before this life altering accident David was often seen biking 40 to 70 miles in a day around the Northeast Kingdom until snow fell—then it was all about skiing. Could he ski every day of the season? Heck yeah! And even extend the season by traveling out of state to chase the snow. Known as "Turbo" on the slopes, David's life has always been about movement and pushing his body to the limit. Never one to sit around, he now ironically finds himself stuck in a wheelchair.
Paralysis is not as simple as being unable to move body parts. There are many major health risks involved including osteoporosis, serious blood pressure problems, heart disease, muscle spasticity, calcification of muscles and on and on.
Time is off the essence. The major healing and repairing of a spinal cord injury occurs between 6 and 24 months post injury. David is currently 10 months into the healing process.
The two most important forms of treatment David needs immediately in order to allow him to recover to his fullest potential are a FES bicycle and to be able to participate in an aggressive therapy program offered by Journey Forward in Canton, Massachusetts.
Through the very generous support of people from all the country, in recent weeks we have raised enough money to purchase for David a FES(Functional Electrical Stimulation) bicycle. The FES bicycle will provide for David the cardio-muscular exercise his legs and torso need which, in turn, will reduce the major health risks associated with his paralysis. The FES bicycle will also aid in awakening and repairing dormant nerve paths in David's spine.
Now, our focus is to raise the money needed for David's therapy at Journey Forward. The rehabilitation facility Journey Forward is a 501(c) non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those who have suffered a spinal cord injury through an intensive exercise program. Unlike traditional centers which tend to focus on a disabled individual's abilities, Journey Forward works with the individual's affected areas to coordinate the entire body into becoming more functional.
Please help support David and his "journey forward" today. Your donation is greatly appreciated!
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