May/June 2017

             Help Today. Independence Tomorrow.
Hot Hatch Chili Race

It's happening on
AUGUST 26, 2017


Central Market
1425 E. Southlake Blvd
Southlake, TX 76092 


6:00AM - Registration & Packet Pickup
7:30AM - 1 Mile run/walk/roll
8:00AM - 5K Handcycle start
8:05AM - 5K Run/Walk

 REGISTER NOW and run or walk for someone who can't! 
An Umbrella For Your Wheelchair

As part of the "Abilities Hackathon" competition in Baltimore a small group of biomedical students designed a retractable umbrella, specifically meant for wheelchair users. Thanks to team Rain Rain Go Away, "with the flip of a switch, their umbrella opens to cover the user. Another switch closes it. The team made sure to limit any water dripping on a user's head by designing the umbrella to close in an inverted shape". 

To read more about the invention of this handy accessory visit the John Hopkins University Website.

Welcome Aboard Sarah!

Sarah Police is a content marketing professional in the DFW area. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and a minor in Studio Art. During her time there, she wrote for various publications including the Pitt News and Pitt Magazine. Between her exciting writing and art classes, she developed a creative passion which led her into the field of marketing.

Since her involvement with the Neuro Assistance Foundation, the most memorable moment has been the Cinco de Mayo Run, Walk & Roll where she was able to meet injured members of the community and listen to their stories. She loves designing content for NAF because of the organization's genuine mission to help others.

In her spare time, she can be found wandering the Dallas Museum of Art, taking photos of the city, walking her dog, and eating tacos.

Meet Some of the People We've Recently Helped

Brandi & Daniel Price of Special Strong

Brandi, age 21, was born with spina bifida.  NAF was able to help her by providing strength and conditioning training with two great groups, Special Strong ( and Powered to Move (
Brandi is working hard and building her strength.  She has increased cardio function and has gone from lifting 25 to 40lbs.  Building her upper body strength will not only help her maintain independence as she ages but will also help her as she begins working towards track and field competitions.  

Tony, age 55, is living with paraplegia due to a spinal infection and nerve damage. NAF was contacted to help him get back into his home which had quite a few steps in front. We were happy to build a ramp for Tony so he could get into his home when he was discharged from Baylor Institute for Rehab.

Emerald, age 7, is living with a secondary form of spinal cord damage called Conus Medullaris Syndrome. Emerald's mother was struggling to purchase her monthly catheters so NAF was happy to step in and assist until she is able to take over again. Catheters are an urgent and necessary expense but will fall on the sidelines when the decision must be made between food or medical supplies. Keeping Emerald infection free and at home is NAF's priority.

L to R: Cindi Cooperman, NAF Executive Director, Juan, Casey Stephens, National Seating & Mobility

Juan, age 49, fell while working on a roof and sustained a spinal cord injury which paralyzed him from the neck down. Juan's family only had a manual wheelchair and no way to get him out of his home because they didn't have a wheelchair van. 
That all changed when Neuro Assistance received two separate donations recently - a power wheelchair and a wheelchair accessible van. Casey Stephens (pictured), with National Seating & Mobility, modified the donated wheelchair to a custom fit for Juan, and United Access of Arlington modified the wheelchair van to fit the chair. With both of those complete, we were able to give Juan the gift of mobility. His family tells us that Juan is looking forward to going to church and the flea market. Juan's smile says it all! 

6 ADA Accessible National Parks to Plan Your Summer Get-A-Way
  1. Rocky Mountain National Park
    • This lovely park is just north of Denver, Coloradosunrise_colorful_scenery.jpg. You can't go wrong with a summer in the mountains! 
  2. Statue of Liberty National Park
    • Our Lady Liberty is located in Ellis Island, New York. 
  3. Denali National Park and Reserve
    • Just southwest of Fairbanks, Alaska. You will be stunned by an Alaskan summer. This is a special kind of beautiful! snowy-lake.jpg
  4. Yellowstone National Park
    • You will find this fun park in the northwestern corner of Wyoming. A must see for sure. 
  5. Congaree National Park
    • Just south of Columbia, South Carolina this park is found on the Congaree River.
  6. Frederick Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park
    • Located near Wyoming, Michigan and close to Lake Michigan. 

First Electric Wheelchair Charging Station

The state capitol of Oregon is making big news with the first installation of an electric wheelchair charging station. Have you ever felt like Darrin Umbarger, who says  "The number one fear that people using wheelchairs have is running out of juice... we are limited to the life of our battery. When the battery goes dead, we can't get up and walk away"? Well Mr. Umbarger and Bill Hansell spearheaded the effort of getting this nifty station put together. 

If you would like to read the full article, just go to
A Look Back at the 
Cinco De Mayo Race... 

The Cinco De Mayo Race this past year was a great success. For those of you who weren't able to attend, we would love for you to see a little bit of the fun we had! 


Dancing Wheels Article Here

I recently was introduced to a group called "Dancing Wheel's". This is a beautiful organization in Cleveland, Ohio that believes "i f dance is an expression of the human spirit, then it is best expressed by people of all abilities...Considered one of the premier arts and disabilities organizations in the U.S., Dancing Wheels is a professional, physically integrated dance company uniting the talents of dancers both with and without disabilities." 

I never cease to be amazed at the lovely and innovative ways people incorporate others, of all abilities, to shine in this life. It is very exciting to see how individuals confined to a wheelchair are being given the opportunity to participate in performing arts. 

Dancing Wheels offers classes as well as performances. If you, or someone you know, would like to read more visit
We Need Your Help

Donate ~ Sponsor ~ Volunteer

Change lives; make a difference.

Your $25 donation will help provide clean catheters to a paralyzed child for one month when their insurance won't cover the expense.


Your $100 donation will help build a wheelchair ramp so we can get our clients out of rehab and through their front door at home.


Your $200 donation will help widen the doorways in their homes so their wheelchair can fit through the bathroom door. Insurance doesn't covers home modifications.


Your $500 donation will help provide life-changing medical equipment: wheelchairs and specialized shower chairs, etc. Most insurance only covers a small part of wheelchairs, if any, and no "bathing aids" are covered. 




 No donation is too small. Click here for information.

Contact: Cindi Cooperman




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