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This is the seventh year that I am taking part in RIC SkyRise Chicago, climbing the Willis Tower to raise funds to benefit the nation's best rehabilitation hospital.
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)! 103 Flights, 2109 steps on Sunday, November 6, 2016!
RIC provides world-class rehabilitation care to patients from around the globe with traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, as well as stroke and cancer. The funds raised through SkyRise Chicago will directly impact patients' lives by supporting advances in patient care and cutting-edge research at RIC.
I work in the LIFE Center, a multimedia education center for people with disabilities, their families, health care professionals and the community. The LIFE Center helps people through resource referrals, patient and family education programs, peer mentoring service, computer assistance and special events. The LIFE website supports people across the globe with web traffic surpassing over 12,000 hits per day!
Most people think this type of care is available everywhere, but it isn't. RIC's discovery of best practice care and technology is made possible through philanthropic support. Each and every contribution to this cause, no matter what size, makes a measurable difference.
I personally have worked in physical rehabilitation for twenty-four years. In addition, my father was an inpatient at RIC and is currently receiving care for Parkinson's. Recently, one of our very dear peer mentors, Evette Griffin, passed away. Here's a note that she shared with me on how the LIFE Center impacted her life.
It has been a decade since my introduction to the compassion of the LIFE Center at RIC and it has been a most powerful and transformational journey.
The tools that are continually evolving in the LIFE Center have afforded me the opportunity to utilize resources and information in so many different areas in my life. One of the pivotal points have been that it catapulted me to give back and become a peer mentor and advocate for patients and their families.
Thank you for lifting me up when I needed it most and darkness seem to surround me dealing with the heavy challenges of an unpredictable chronic illness like multiple sclerosis. I look forward to recovery and continuing to see the LIFE Center provide opportunities for patients and families to explore these vital resources.
I am committed to RIC, it's patients, mission and inspired to face this challenge! Thank you very much for helping us, help others.
Help others learn more about physical disabilities and resources that promote productivity and active community participation to acheive their greatest and fullest participation in LIFE.
Join the LIFE Center at http://lifecenter.ric.org.
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