Scholarship Recipients 


 
 

Amber Richardson Story

I was involved in a freak accident July 25th 2011. I was racing a friend to see who could run faster. Although I won the race, I almost lost my life. When trying to slow to a stop, I tumbled forward and broke my neck. I was instantly paralyzed from the chest down. At 26 years old my whole life and the way I lived it was completely changed. I have been blessed with an opportunity to attend Project Walk/ Easter Seals in Austin. Therapy has been a God send for me and has given me back some of the strength lost as a result of my injury.  It has allowed me some level of independence and normalcy in my life.

 

Justin Quesada Story

Working out with therapy programs, like the LIFE Center, has changed my outlook on my abilities and my recovery as a whole. With their help I've been able to see my life once again as a life which I am in complete control of, and not as a product of circumstance. It allows me to take control of the direction that my life is headed and allows me to accomplish my goals and dreams.

 

Adrian Moreno Story

It was 2009 and I was on the brink of starting my life. I never thought I would be in a situation that resulted in me spending the rest of my life in a wheelchair. I was out at a karaoke bar with childhood friends whom I played baseball and softball with since little league. I tried breaking up an argument a friend was having with someone else outside and that’s when someone else that was not involved grabbed their gun from the car and shot me in the back as we tried to head back in to the bar. I was in ICU for two weeks and spent another month and a half in a rehabilitation facility. My spinal cord was injured at T12 and I had two titanium rods placed in my back. It took me a long time to realize that I needed to do something more and I could not live my life letting the chair hold me back. I moved to Austin and started attending Project Walk Austin now Easter Seals Life Center. Attending the facility and receiving the therapy and exercise I desperately needed has helped me out tremendously. I am mostly independent now and am able to do many things that I never thought I would be able to do again. My goal is to walk again and although I am not there yet. With the help of the Press On Foundation I know through my continued determination and hard work I may one day reach my goal.