Holiday greetings to all.
I say this every year, but somehow the holidays seemed to descend upon us all too quickly. Time flies, doesn't it?
With that said, it's hard to believe tomorrow is the four-year anniversary of Jack's injury. And tonight was the last night of Jack's life as we knew it. I remember it well.
Instead of looking back, we'd rather focus on now and looking forward. Our world was flipped upside down on December 30th, 2011. Jack's prognosis was not good and there were many days when we simply felt hopeless. But oh, how things have changed...
We are forever grateful to all who have prayed for Jack and our family, and to all who have supported us in every way. Tomorrow we will celebrate the good that has come into our lives since Jack's injury. Yes, so much good has come out of such a tragic situation. And Jack has embraced the goodness and remained positive. We're so proud of him for all that he's achieved - one year of college under his belt (check!); an internship with the LA Kings (sweet); a Swim With Mike scholarship (priceless); access to advanced therapy that keeps him healthy and strong (ABLE at Courage Kenny in MN and Reneu Health in CA); and his continued determination to move forward. (*see photo of Jack during his ABLE session today at Courage Kenny)
Tomorrow also marks the third anniversary of the launch of the Jack Jablonski BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation. We're on a mission to accelerate spinal cord injury research and propel the medical advancements in recovery from the lab to everyday clinics so that everyone living with paralysis from an SCI can have access to the miracles happening today. Yes, today.
As you know, our foundation has pledged to raise $300,000 over the next three years to support the Mayo Clinic's first epidural stimulation implants, a life-changing procedure that has already proven to be effective. We've also supported rehabilitation programs like ABLE (Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise) at Courage Kenny (Golden Valley, MN) that are crucial to SCI recovery. We're super proud of the work our young foundation has done so far, and we're excited about our dedication - and Jack's determination - to make SCI recovery possible for everyone living with paralysis from an injury like his.
Four years ago we wanted to believe recovery was possible, but it was such a gray area. Today, we BEL13VE it is. It's just a matter of time.
And this is when "time flies" would be such a good thing.
Together, we can make this happen (if you'd like to help, text SCORE to 91999 or visit www.bel13vefoundation.org
and click on the Donate button).
Wishing all of you much happiness in 2016 and sending tons of gratitude to you for following Jack's journey.
#Love #Bel13ve #Miracles