At HelpHOPELive, we have had the opportunity to assist some truly incredible people, and through our efforts these individuals have been able to raise the funds they need to continue living their extraordinary lives. Every so often a local, regional or even national news outlet will write a story about one of our clients, and we’d like to take the time to share some of these inspirational stories about HelpHOPELive clients.
Cara Moro & Amanda Perla – Project Walk
On September 3, 2011, 19-year-old Cara Moro broke her back during cheerleading practice and was told that she would never walk again. Thanks to her determination and specialized exercise-based therapy at Project Walk, she was able to prove that prognosis wrong. Cara was fortunate that a Project Walk center opened near her home in Orlando, Florida where she is able to attend therapy sessions regularly. It was here that Cara was connected to Liza Reidel, mother of HelpHOPELive client Amanda Perla who was paralyzed in a car accident. Liza had flown Amanda back and forth from Project Walk’s headquarters in Carlsbad, California, until she decided a center in her area was long overdue. Today, the center has helped both Cara and Amanda find hope in restricting circumstances. (Hard work, innovative program helps her walk again)
Reveca Torres – BACKBONES Founder
At the age of 13, Reveca Torres suffered a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed. She struggled to find friends who were in a similar situation as she was, which inspired her to form BACKBONES five years ago. BACKBONES puts people in touch with peers who can help them transition into their new lives, as well as hosts events that are alternatives to the traditional support groups. Activities range from scavenger hunts to wine tastings to fashion shows with models in wheelchairs. Their latest venture is an art show, “Unbroken: Art After Injury” that runs from Sept. 5 through Oct. 30. The show features the work of four artists with spinal cord injuries. (Paralyzed Artist Creates Works That Reflect Shooting That Injured Her)
Tresa Honaker – Trapeze Artist
Tresa Honaker had made her name as an aerialist in California before an accidental fall severed her spine and left her paralyzed. HelpHOPELive was able to help provide Tresa and her family with the support they needed to adapt their lifestyle after Tresa’s tragic accident. A lifelong dancer and athlete, Tresa’s desire to be active was soon met when she received a message from the owner of an aerial Pilates company who offered Tresa the chance to get back in the air. Two other performers with spinal cord injuries soon followed, and the three athletes now perform acrobatic aerial shows together as a team. Tresa has also founded the Air Aligned aerial dance group and still teaches classes there, encouraging others to take to the skies just as she does. (Paralyzed athletes find flight through trapeze)