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I am participating in SkyRise Chicago, tackling the planet’s highest indoor tower climb of the Willis Tower to raise funds for the nation's best rehabilitation hospital – the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)!
Participating in this event is very personal to me. If it wasn’t for the incredible care that I received after my traumatic brain injury I would not be where I am today. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is like family to me and I was fortunate to receive my rehabilitation there and I want to do everything in my power to make sure that other patients can receive the best possible care that they can. This is also personal to me for the physical challenge. It was only 2 1/2 years ago that my family was told that it was very unlikely that I would be able to live an independent life. Because of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and the support of my family, I relearned how to breathe, eat, walk and talk all over again. I am looking forward to the challenge of reaching the top of the Willis Tower!
The AbilityLab 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 will directly support advances in patient care and cutting-edge research.
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 by hand-cycling the equivalent distance. 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 of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a non-profit hospital. Your donation will help the research hospital continue to provide patients with world-class care for the brightest possible future.
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