October 30, 2009 - I was working as a senior associate in audit at KPMG, LLP, had just moved back to Dallas from San Francisco and enjoyed life as I knew it.
October 31, 2009 - My world changed completely. After leaving a concert with friends, my boyfriend and I decided to catch a ride with a couple we met that evening. Within minutes of entering the highway the driver lost control of his speeding car, sending us into a fishtail and immediately snapping my neck. I don’t remember the incident, but woke up in a haze in ICU to learn I had almost completely severed my spinal cord between the C6 & C7 vertebrae and was paralyzed. As doctors told my family I would be lucky to feed myself, we looked inward and knew there had to be more…something we could do. We were in a state of shock, panic, and sadness. We researched our options for recovery and found Project Walk in Carlsbad California. After returning home from the hospital, I said my farewells and moved to California to begin my journey toward recovery. I never expected to find the renewed confidence and life-long friendships that I did…but it’s those people and experiences that led me to bring Project Walk back to my hometown of Dallas Texas. In my year at Project Walk I went from being dependent on family members to help me do everything to regaining my independence, living completely alone and driving myself to my workouts.
It is my hope that in opening this facility in Dallas, I can bring these experiences to others who tragically became victims of a spinal cord injury. Whether it be through friendships, renewed self-confidence, increased mobility/sensation or more independence, I am confident that each and every client will appreciate their opportunity to be a part of the Project Walk program.
This is a video of my journey: Kendell's Road to Recovery
And here is a more recent video update on my progress.
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