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The family and friends of Charlie Louden are uniting to raise money to purchase athletic and exercise equipment. Please show your support!

Charlie Louden, due to a genetic condition, had Spinal Cord Cavernous Malformations at T7 and T8 that has left him without function from the waist down, An avid runner, basketball player, bicyclist and all-around athlete, Charlie is now confined to a wheelchair. As an athlete, exercise, challenge and physical competition are critical for both his physical and mental health.

The few rehabilitation facilities in Grand Junction do not have equipment focused on the intensive rehabilitation needs of those in wheelchairs. Equipment for stroke and cardiac is very different than that needed by an otherwise healthy man who finds himself unable to walk.

While we have been able to use our savings to remodel the house to meet his needs, including building wheelchair ramps and creating a wheelchair accessible bathroom, we are in need of assistance to purchase essential exercise equipment. Specifically Charlie needs:

1. RT300 FES Cycle $15,000.00
http://www.restorative-therapies.com/rt300leg
This exercise bicycle uses Functional Electrical Stimulation, a rehabilitation technique where electrical current is applied to an individual with a disability to enhance that person's ability to function and live independently.

FES is used to stimulate peripheral nerves, the "lower motor neurons" that connect the spinal cord to your muscles.

Charlie is starting to regain some motor and sensory function in his left leg, so capitalizing on that progress by using FES to work his leg muscles gives him a better chance of perhaps walking again.

2. Top End Force R Road bicycle $4,999.00
http://bike-on.com/product/top-end-force-r-handcycle-handbike-1196.htm
Road cycling allows the freedom to be outside in something other than a wheelchair - to experience nature, exercise and freedom again.

3. Equalizer Dip / Rickshaw $2,995.00
http://www.accesstr.com/amazing/itemdesc.asp?ic=1070&eq=&Tp=
Arm and shoulder strength are critical to those in a wheelchair - their arms now become their primary mobility muscles, enabling movement in the wheelchair and strength to transfer to the car, bed, another chair - to essentially function. To lose arm strength or suffer an arm or shoulder injury would be devastating - prevention and exercise are to key. This piece of equipment builds strength in ways that a Krankcycle or free weights or bands can't.

Charlie is a strong independent man. Throughout this now 2 year long journey has has continued to work as a Respiratory Therapist. His desire to remain vibrant and involved in the community drive him to push through any barrier presented to him.

Your help to allow Charlie to regain his athletic independence is appreciated more than we can express to you!
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