What We’ve Done
Since incorporating the Foundation in 2006, we have continued to refine and expand the structure and activities of the organization in order to meet our primary focus – raising funds to open the first free standing, comprehensive rehabilitation Continuum of Care, to bring an extensive therapy program that provides chronic neuro-rehabilitation in the northwest.
To date, the foundation has raised over $2.1 million dollars. Our largest source of unrestricted funding event is our annual auction and dinner held for the past 10 years. This exciting event is held in September and gathers civic & business leaders and hundreds of community members for an evening of silent and live auctions and a chance to mix and mingle with the Foundation’s supporters over delectable hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a delicious dinner.
With the generous donations received, the Foundation has been able to contribute to the support of rehabilitation, education and research to the following organizations:
- $1,000 Grant Awarded to Spinal Cord Injury Association of Washington in December 2015.
- $1,500 grant awarded to Spinal Cord Injury Association of Washington in 2014.
- $2,000 grant awarded to the Determind2Heal Foundation for SPINALpedia in 2014.
- $1,000 awarded to Spinal Cord Association of Washington in 2013.
- $350.00 annual award to the Sunshine Physically Challenged Foundation to send kids with disabilities to summer camp since 2010.
- $1,000 awarded to Spinal Cord Association of Washington in 2011.
- $10,000 awarded to Determined2Heal Foundation for the development of their educational website “SpinalPedia.”
- $40,000 awarded to Pushing Boundaries in 2009.
- $10,000 awarded to the Kennedy Krieger Institute for their spinal cord injury research in 2008.
- $10,000 awarded to the International Spinal Cord Injury Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2007.
- $50,000 awarded to Next Steps Northwest Inc. in 2007.
The Foundation in partnership with Pattison General Contractor has provided some assistance to some individual who have had a recent spinal cord injury and were transitioning from the hospital to their home or needed transportation assistance.
- A $3,000 EasyStand Frame was awarded to Leah G. of Murieta, GA, to help her rehabilitation in February 2016.
- A $3,700 EasyStand Frame was awarded to Joey B. of Brewton, AL , to help his rehabilitation in January 2016.
- $500 Grant Awarded to Kennedy Nganga of Mombasa, Kenya, in November 2015.
- $600 Travel Grant Awarded to Dain Dillingham to travel to Walla Walla to launch his new Winery- Carter Lamour in October 2015.
- A $3,400 EasyStand Frame was awarded to Allison W. of Northwood, OH, to help her rehabilitation in August 2015.
- A $4,700 EasyStand Frame was awarded to Adam B. of West Columbia, SC, to help his rehabilitation in August 2015.
- A $4,100 EasyStand Frame was awarded to Taylor B. of St. Mary’s, OH, to help her rehabilitation in March of 2015.
- A $2,100 EasyStand Strap Stand Frame was awarded to James K. of Minden, LA, to help his rehabilitation in March of 2015.
- A $5,300 EasyStand Frame was awarded to Robert W. of Spanaway, WA, to help his rehabilitation in February of 2015.
- A $4,700 EasyStand Frame was awarded to Jeremiah H. of Saint George, UT, to help his rehabilitation in February of 2015.
- A $6,000 EasyStand Evolv Glider was awarded to Annette L. of Elk Grove, CA, to help her rehabilitation in November of 2014.
- A $4,500 EasyStand Frame was awarded to Kristopher C. of Bartlesville, OK, to help his rehabilitation in August of 2014.
- A $5,500 EasyStand Evolv Glider was awarded to Zach B. to help his rehabilitation in 2014.
- $2,175 was awarded to Tyler Shrenk to provide ADA improvements to his home in 2012
- $2,700 was awarded to Christopher Herman to upgrade and ADA improvements to his bathroom in 2010.
- $1,500 was awarded to Brad Piedalue to drive from Missoula, Montana to Seattle, Washington for medical treatment in 2010.
- The Hudson Project:
* The MRPF sponsored the development of a quadriplegic and paraplegic accessible 1947 Hudson Race Truck that was raced at a minimum of 10 races, featured in auto magazines, and displayed at several auto shows throughout the US.
The Hudson is a race truck that was designed and built by Randy Simmons, a California entrepreneur active in robotic engineering. Driven by Michael-Ryan Pattison, this vehicle will be the first ever race vehicle designed to set land speed records actually controlled and driven by a quadriplegic who has no mobility below the collar bone. “The Hudson Project provides something more than just working out,” said Michael-Ryan, “this is something I can do independently.” The Hudson is powered by a 7.3 liter power stoke diesel engine which runs on bio-diesel, produces 800 horsepower, and has a top speed of 237 mph.
The real innovation of the Hudson Project lies in the custom designed controls that will enable a quadriplegic to race the vehicle. A one-of-a-kind mouthpiece allows Michael-Ryan to control the throttle and steering. A bite pressure sensor in the mouthpiece controls the speed, while three sensors inside the mouthpiece control steering direction. Randy, who will be co-driving, will handle gear selection, braking, and can assume total control of the Hudson in case of emergency. Along with the custom mouthpiece, the Hudson has a custom containment seat designed to hold a quadriplegic comfortably in a driving position. The powered seat can swivel out of the vehicle, and the truck bed holds a lift crane that swings out to pick up Michael-Ryan and place him into the vehicle. All of this has been done to ensure the safety of Michael-Ryan and to make it accessible for other paraplegics and quadriplegics.
- Launched A World-Wide Awareness YouTube Campaign
* In 2010-2011, the Foundation worked with MindShift Media to produce over 19 videos on the impact of spinal cord injuries. The media campaign raised awareness for the life changing effects of spinal cord injury by reaching over 80,000 viewers in over 150 countries.
You can view them in our “Video Gallery”