Published on Sunday, January 9, 2011
Honoring Our Heroes–There’s no better time than the Holidays to thank all those who devote their lives to keeping us safe and secure. Unfortunately, in doing so, many members of our Armed Services have been severely injured and even paralyzed. As promised, a portion of the proceeds from our 2010 golf outing have been donated to support our paralyzed soldiers. Kali’s Cure decided to keep the donation close to home and contributed to Life Beyond Barriers (LBB)—a new non-profit organization that was created to help our wounded soldiers when they return from combat. The program allows these individuals the opportunity to attend Wayne State University, participate in rehab at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) and use their injury and situation to create a product that will better the lives of all those living with similar afflictions. In donating to LBB, we are helping to ensure that the program continues and offers paralyzed troops the opportunity to be involved while also helping RIM provide rehabilitation to LBB and others living with paralysis.
Continued Giving–Fortunately, we have been able to continue our support of Dr. Raymond Onders’ Diaphragmatic Pacing Program (DPP) and University Hospitals in Cleveland. Our first donation helped the program expand to include children. Now, $200,000 later, the program has continued to grow, allowing children and adults worldwide to benefit from this life saving device. Dr. Onders has been busy traveling the world, implanting patients from the Middle East to Switzerland, Spain to Iceland and beyond. During his travels, both domestic and abroad, he is teaching other surgeons so that more patients may benefit from this life changing operation. There have been countless remarkable stories of the various patients who have been implanted…patients who want to continue their service to our country, others who have been able to return home to live with their loved ones, sports enthusiasts who can even sky dive and, miraculously, patients who have weaned themselves from the device altogether and are now breathing on their own. Our most recent donation will help the program continue to grow as well as provide excellent support for those already implanted. DPP is something that we are proud to support and look forward to helping in the future as Dr. Onders continues his amazing work and additional research.