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Grant Recipient

Kevin Dalley


Kevin Dalley was a 24 year-old college student when he suffered an incomplete cervical spinal cord injury diving into a lake in the summer of 2015. Kevin made significant progress in the months following his injury but with his insurance benefits diminishing, the physical therapist knew a lapse in treatment would be detrimental to Kevin’s recovery.


The Board of Directors of the Mary and Charles A. Parkhill Foundation for Spinal Cord Rehabilitation unanimously approved several grants throughout 2016 for comprehensive high intensity therapy programs consisting up to 8 hours of OT/PT/training per week for 11 months.

Summary of Progress

When he started at The Recovery Project back in January of 2016, Kevin needed physical assistance for most activities and could only walk very short distances with help. Kevin is now walking 1.5 mph on the treadmill and 360 feet with a platform walker over-ground without physical assistance. Kevin has also began using lofstrand crutches to ambulate around the gym. The upper extremity, trunk and lower extremity strength he has gained has allowed Kevin to become more independent with transfers, bed mobility and activities of daily living. Kevin is also in the process of getting adaptive controls for driving a car and planning a return to school or work. The Parkhill Foundation believes everyone deserves a chance at getting their life back and could not be more proud of our recipient Kevin Dalley.

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