Welcome to My David M. Smith
On May 21, 2012 (43 year) my dad went out on a run and suffered a major stroke. He lost use of his right side and his communication has been greatly affected. He was transferred to the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (RIC) where he spent the next 2 1/2 months learning how to walk, talk and be independent. He had awesome therapists, doctors and nurses who all helped him learn to do for himself. He continues his recovery there even now, more than 6 years later.
Last year, only 6 months after his stroke, he joined his former therapists and made it up all 103 flights by himself in under an hour. We were so proud of him! I cannot wait to do this climb with him this year and watch him better his current time!
I'm so proud of my dad every day of all of the strides he makes! Please help support this amazing hosptial that has helped give me back my Dad!!!
I am participating in SkyRise Chicago 2018, tackling the planet’s highest indoor tower climb at the Willis Tower to raise funds for the nation's best rehabilitation hospital, according to US News and World Report – the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (RIC)!
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab provides world-class rehabilitation care to thousands of patients for traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, stroke and cancer recovery, and more. The funds raised through SkyRise Chicago 2017 will directly support advances in patient care and cutting-edge research at Shirley Ryan Ability Lab.
SkyRise Chicago is truly a special event. It’s the only tower climb in the world to offer two modes of participation - by foot up the Willis Tower stairs and via stationary hand-cycling the equivalent distance uphill. These options give anyone, no matter their level of ability, the opportunity to participate.
Help me as I challenge myself physically and mentally to complete the climb and support Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, a not-for profit hospital organization. Your donation will help Shirley Ryan Ability Lab continue to provide patients with world-class care for the brightest possible future.
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