The first question Reinaldo Gonzalez asked the doctors was "Will I walk again?" His doctors' silence was not reassuring. Having pinched his spinal cord in two places and flipped two vertebrae in a training exercise, he could only move his eyes and lips, and had little hope of regaining normal functions.
But there was a glimmer of hope in the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network®, the cutting-edge rehabilitation facilities funded by the Reeve Foundation. Captain Gonzalez began participating in the Reeve NRN -- and in just 19 months was walking under his own power.
Many U.S. soldiers are coming home from war with spinal cord injuries like Captain Gonzalez. Because of your support, they are able to receive innovative care through the groundbreaking research of the Reeve Foundation.
As we celebrate America's independence this month, let's remember how we maintain that freedom -- and the cost to those who keep it free. Reinaldo Gonzalez found hope through the research and rehabilitation programs of the Reeve Foundation.
Please give generously below so that more American heroes can do the same.