Help Today. Independence Tomorrow.
~Postponed to November 12, 2018~
Rain, rain, stay away.... we want to play golf all day...


2018 Neuro Assistance Golf Classic
Monday, October 15, 2018
Lantana Golf Club
800 Golf Club Drive
Lantana, TX 76226

If you would like to join us at this event feel free to register on our website at neuroassistance.org

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Challenge Air on November 17th
Announcing Challenge Air Fly  Day
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Dallas Executive Airport Hosted by Ambassador Jet Center 5225 Voyager Drive,
Dallas, TX 75237
Free for all children and youth with special needs!
Challenge Air for Kids & Friends, a national children's nonprofit organization, is recruiting volunteers, pilots and special needs children between the ages of 7-21 for its "Fly Day" event. Highlights of the day include: an educational ground school, a 30-minute flight, face painting, clowns, cool static aircraft, lunch, service animals and much more! To register as a day-of volunteer, volunteer pilot or as a participant (first come, first served and free for all children with special needs) log on to: www.challengeair.org.

For more information contact April Culver at (214) 351-3353 or email: events@challengeair.org.
Challenge Air builds self-esteem and confidence of children and youth with specials needs, through the experience of flight.

Register Online @ www.challengeair.com
Amanda, age 24, lives with spastic diplegia and scoliosis. To get to work every day, Amanda drove her power wheelchair along the sidewalk for miles each way - whether it was raining, snowing, sleeting or bright and sunny. A very special person at her workplace, Mike, noticed and together with his wife, Gayle, decided that they would donate a wheel
chair van to Amanda so she could drive to work. But this wasn't any wheelchair van! This was a van used by Gayle's father - a WW II veteran who had recently passed away.  The only problem was that Amanda had never driven a vehicle befor e. Therefore, she needed an adaptive vehicle evaluation to determine her special needs for driving with hand controls. If her evaluation showed that she could drive with hand controls, she would then need twice weekly driving lessons in a specialized vehicle for many months before she could obtain a driver license. All this is done in an adaptive driving program and the person evaluating and training her is licensed by the state and a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist.  NAF helped Amanda with her driving evaluation at the end of 2017 and her recently finished driving lessons. She was ready to get her vehicle! Hand controls specific to Amanda were installed on the vehicle and Amanda was presented with the Chrysler Town & Country last week. It only had 18,000 miles on it!

Gayle Biggers gave this wonderful gift of love in her father's name -  J.D. MADEWELL   01/14/1923 - 2/11/2015

This amazing story of love and generosity wouldn't be complete without giving you J.D.'s bio (given to us by his daughter, Gayle).

J.D. Madewell

J.D., along with his brother and one cousin, decided to enlist in WWII in the summer of 1942.   J.D. enlisted in the Navy but was put in the Army  instead.
His military service began on December 4, 1942, where he took the oath of service in Dallas
before boarding a train to California for boot camp.  Following boot camp, orders were received that he  would be in the infantry and be traveling Scotland.  While there he learned he would be part of the operations to land on Omaha Beach of Normandy, France; on  D-Day, June 6, 1944. 
The night before his unit was to land on the beach, his commanding officer
gathered the 10 of them and said: "Gentlemen, make your peace because at least 7 of you
probably won't make it."  J.D.  was understandably afraid and as they were making their way toward the beach he was praying and told God he would give anything to go home.
He survived the beach landing and said that every step he took was over a body or a body part.  What a terrible tragedy for so many; over 2000 soldiers died on Omaha Beach that day.
The following months, soldiers would be making their way through France and Belgium to what would become the Battle of the Bulge.  On November 20, 1944 J.D., along with 3 comrades, was walking ahead of army tanks when he stepped on a landmine. He was 21 years old. The blast killed his 3 comrades and thrust him in the air and then to the ground.  He had lost his leg from the knee down and laid on the battlefield two hours, looking at his leg some distance away, before help would arrive.  He was able to survive the blast due to the blast forcing the leg arteries up and cauterizing at the same time. Otherwise, he would have died from blood loss.  He also lost a small piece of his nose and the hearing in one ear. 
Once help arrived following the explosion, J.D. was taken to a field hospital where he says
people held him down while Medics used a machete to cut off a bit more of his leg to keep gangrene from setting in.  He then was flown to the hospital where surgery would take more of his leg which left him with about a 7-inch stump.  He says that during his recovery he realized that God had answered the prayer to get him home:  not in the way he expected but he was going  home.
It would be almost a year before he was honorably discharged; September 28, 1945.  Once home,  he went to a business school; became an accountant and retired after 28 years with the electric  company in his hometown of Palestine, TX. 
For his military service, he would receive the EAME Medal; 3 Bronze Service Stars and the
Purple Heart. 
Congratulations Dr. Rita Hamilton! 

Congratulations to Rita Hamilton, DO, on receiving the James J. Peters Distinguished Service Award at the 2018 Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) annual meeting. This award is given out to those who demonstrate outstanding leadership on a national level through developing high quality programs and impacting individuals with spinal cord injury. Below is just a small sample of what patients, family and colleagues have to say about Dr. Hamilton, and why we're so honored that she is a part of Baylor Scott & White Rehabilitation.

"Dr. Hamilton is passionate and vocal about providing high quality, hands on patient care. She has developed a reputation for having strong and positive relationships with her patients."

"One of the aspects that attracted me to specialize in spinal cord injury medicine was Dr. Hamilton's patience and expertise in taking complicated medical subjects and boiling them down so that patients could truly understand what was going on in their bodies to best take care of themselves."

Patient and Family:
"Dr. Hamilton opened the door like sunshine parting clouds with her bright smiling face and cheerful voice..."

"She deftly established rapport with a scared family - while simultaneously laying out the path ahead - putting weeks of collective anxiety to rest."

Join United Access for an Open House
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Introducing You to Our Clients
Year to date, NAF has helped 96 people with expectations of helping between 130-150 by year's end.
Meet Nick....
Nick - age 46
Nick sustained a spinal cord injury from a roadside bomb in 2007 while serving in Iraq. He recently began walking again after two years of surgeries and therapy. With his limited mobility, Nick needed a therapeutic AmTryke recumbent bike to increase his mobility and independence. NAF was honored to provide the funding to get him the bike. Look for Nick out riding bikes with his children!
Meet Androu....
Androu - age 18
Androu lives with scoliosis and cerebral palsy among other medical issues. He desperately needed a wheelchair accessible vehicle to get to and from doctor appointments and other necessary daily activities. NAF joined forces with five other local charities to purchase the needed vehicle for Androu. We are proud to partner with these amazing local heroes who helped make this possible - ChariT2000, Masonic Lodge Dallas, Coptic Orthodox Church, Grapevine Elks Lodge, and Variety. Sometimes it takes a village!
Meet Hannah...
Hannah - age 19
Hannah was injured in a motor vehicle accident in August of this year and is now living with paraplegia due to a T1 spinal cord injury. She finished her initial hospital stay and was ready for rehab but needed to go home for one to two months to heal some other injuries first. During her healing period at home, she needed a low air loss mattress but it is not covered by her insurance and with her other medical expenses, her family was not able to cover the added $600 monthly expense. NAF stepped in to provide her the specialized mattress she needed to heal at home. We look forward to seeing her in rehab in a few months
We Need Your Help

Donate ~ Sponsor ~ Volunteer

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 more information. 
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