January/February 2016

             Help Today. Independence Tomorrow.

Southlake Women's Club Foundation has chosen NeuroAssistance Foundation to be one of the beneficiaries of the Art in the Square weekend. We are so honored to be recognized and supported by this wonderful foundation. We received this encouraging message from Southlake Women's Club,
"Congratulations on being chosen by the Southlake Women's Club Foundation as a 2016 beneficiary of Art in the Square. Your commitment to service the needs of the community has made an impact on the lives of so many people."  
Please celebrate with us by attending the event! For more details, click below.

If you'd like to volunteer at this event on NAF's behalf, please contact us at ccooperman@neuroassistance.org

Frustrations of Traveling in a Chair

The Paralyzed Veterans of America put out a very informative article on traveling in a chair and struggling through airport security. Is that a problem you face as you travel in your wheelchair? A few helpful tips to make the process smoother include the following:

  • Keep your cool! Remember that being patient with TSA security workers will go a long way. 
  • Know your rights; Visit the TSA website to see what rights you have. For example, TSA agents may never ask you to leave your wheelchair, or inspect your medical equipment. 
  • You may request further screening in private, if they call you aside due to any alarms you may have set off. 
  • The TSA offers a helpline (855-787-2227) to provide travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process. Travelers are advised to call 72 hours prior to departure with questions about screening policies and procedures.

To view the whole article visit the PVA Website


Also feel free to visit the TSA Website

Checking In...With Ben Hetrick

It was 3 years ago this February that Ben Hetrick was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident. We came to know Ben during his stay in Baylor Rehab. At that time Ben was engaged to Joy and living with his parents in Rockwall, TX. We came to his aid by making some modifications to his parent's home that allowed him to move back in and live comfortably. We widened a bathroom door and added two ramps into the home.

A little more than a year later we were able to help again when Ben and Joy, now married, were buying a home  of their own! We assisted in remodeling the bathroom and kitchen to make it completely accessible for Ben. We put in a roll-in shower, widened the bathroom door, opened up the kitchen, and added two ramps to the exterior of the home. Ben also received a standing frame that had been donated to us. 

Today Ben is very active and independent. He goes to school full time, pursing a degree in mechanical engineering, and often studies in his standing frame to improve that bone density! Ben can easily and safely be home alone thanks to the many modifications in his home. Ben stays physically active and fit by regularly riding his handcycle, and going for an occasional fishing trip! 

A note from Ben and Joy...

"To The Neuro Assistance Foundation, 
Ben and I just celebrated our two year anniversary and Ben's three year mark as a paraplegic these past two months. When stopping to reflect on how much has happened, we thank the Lord for bringing you into our lives. We don't know what we would have done without you! The sincere kindness and compassion you offer is as important as the services and information you so freely give. You not only gave Ben independence, but you offered me a freedom, security and sense of relief in knowing he can have the same comfort in his home as me. We are so grateful for all you have done for us and the lasting friendship it has formed. We love you all!


Ben and Joy Hetrick

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We So Appreciate Our Sponsors.... 



Join us for our 2nd Annual 
Cinco de Mayo Run, Walk & Roll 
on May 7th in McKinney

We had a great crowd last year and can't wait to do it again. Do the 1 Mile, 5K or 10k - use your feet, your wheelchair or your handcycle! Tech shirts for all entrants!

If you'd like to volunteer at this event, please contact us at lora@neuroassistance.org

For more info or to register, click Here

Meet Carla

Carla is living with a condition which has left tumors on her spine and affects her mobility. Sometimes she can walk with a walker and other days, she needs more help. NAF was honored to give an electric wheelchair to Carla. She came to Keller to pick up the chair last weekend and the smile on her face was priceless. We hope it makes her life easier.

Carla is pictured above with her husband Bobby and her beautiful service dog "in training", Kya.
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We're raising money with Bravelets! They have beautiful bracelets for men and women as well as "Be
 Bra ve" earrings and necklaces. With each one you purchase, $10 is donated to NAF. 

Making Hotel Reservations Soon?

When traveling with your wheelchair and medical equipment, one can face m any challenges and discouragements. Hotels do not always have the specifics we are looking for that result in an easy and relaxing stay. Make sure to plan ahead when booking your hotel. 

Hotels in the United States must abide by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding accessibility. The rules apply to properties built after Jan. 23, 1993.

The number of accessible rooms within a hotel is determined by its total number of guest rooms.

A 200-room hotel is required to have eight accessible guest rooms and only two must have a roll-in shower. Properties with less than 50 guest rooms aren't required to have any roll-in showers.

Typically, larger hotels and newer properties tend to be a better choice for wheelchair users. Most major hotel brands have begun providing accessible room choices on their search engines.

If you have questions about a hotel's accessibility features, it's best to call the property's local phone number and not the hotel brand's reservation line.
taken from  PVA Wesbite

Support Our Year Round Sponsors
NAF has some of the most amazing sponsors in the world. Because of their generosity, we are able to help so many people with life changing injuries. Please remember them when you're shopping or choosing services.

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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