Triumph Foundation Blog Archives for May 2017

May 2017 eNewsletter

May 26, 2017
May Newsletter
Every GREAT story begins with a hero facing a significant struggle; a challenge that seems insurmountable.  The hero's trial and adversity forces them to learn to adapt. With the help of a mentor they grow and ultimately triumph.  

Read below about the men & women who's stories just began. They just faced their ultimate test, a life-changing traumatic injury.
Your support will help them on their journey towards recovery. Triumph provides the necessary mentorship, guidance, and aid to assist with their transformation and transition back into the community.
When you read about the people you impacted, I hope you feel a sense of pride about what you helped accomplish.  You enable so many heroes to emerge after tragedy. 
Your contributions count, please consider making a gift today:

On behalf of the amazing people your generosity has helped, THANK YOU!

Andrew Skinner
Newly Injured Support

Your support sends Triumph Ambassadors to visit people who've recently had a paralyzing accident to deliver Care Baskets & Backpacks full of resources, provide mentorship, and bring a message of hope.  We are the first line of support to the newly injured person and their family to guide their way. 

Our Ambassador Mickie recently met Nadia who is 17 years old and from war torn Syria. She was hit by a sniper bullet five years ago which left her with a T10 spinal cord injury.We gave her a Care Backpack with resources on opportunities here in the United States to welcome her and her family to their new home. 
We met James and his wife Claire at Casa Colina. James was driving a go-cart when tragedy struck and it rolled over.  In the accident he broke his neck suffering a C5 spinal cord injury. He is getting better every day and is determined to reclaim his life and support Claire and their four children.

Your support brought a Care Backpack full of resources to Javier at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Ventura.  Javier suffered a spinal cord injury in April. We are going to help him triumph over his injury in this new journey of his life. 
We met Tony and his wife Katheryn at Casa Colina. He was involved in a snowboarding accident in Big Bear and suffered a T12 spinal cord injury. He recently was discharged home and we are looking forward to helping him along his recovery.

Ambassador Training
We held our 1st Ambassador Training Conference with 50 people attending for professional peer mentor training.

Triumph Ambassadors make bedside hospital visits to hundreds of newly-injured people to educate them on their life ahead, making recommendations that will help them on their road to recovery. 

Our goal for 2017 is to deliver a Care Package to every single person in Southern California that has a new paralyzing injury and provide a lifelong support network that serves all people with disabilities. 

You can join us by donating at 

Your help will empower our Ambassadors by reimbursing gas expenses, covering the costs to host our support groups, and to produce educational materials in our support packages.  
Equipment & Supply Exchange

Many people have inadequate health insurance that doesn't provide the proper equipment needed after suffering a traumatic injury.  Your gifts help Triumph repurpose used durable medical goods and give the items to people in need. Here are some highlights from this month:  

We met 5 year old Damian at the Abilities Expo. Our Ambassador Cory had just picked up a child's size wheelchair that someone was getting rid of and brought it with him to our booth. Damian was a perfect fit.
Bumni was injured 2 1/2 years ago due to a sky diving accident. He has been rolling around in an old hospital chair with an inadequate cushion for all that time. So we hooked him up with a new ride and a roho cushion.  

We met Raul at Rancho Los Amigos. He was in a car accident 3 months ago. He was discharged with a large hospital chair. We helped him get a lightweight chair that will be easier for him to get around in. 
David was shot in the back while working at his liquor store last December. His insurance would not cover a proper wheelchair. We were able to find him a wheelchair that fit perfectly to give him independence.

Superhero 5k
Superheroes Triumph! No matter what your ability is, you are a hero to us. This 5K on September 9th will "pack a punch" in fun and ease with a fast, gentle rolling course. 100% of the proceeds benefit Triumph Foundation and our mission - helping people get better every day.



Let'em Roll Casino Night
You are invited to Triumph Foundation's Let'em Roll Casino Nightfundraiser on Saturday August 26, 2017 at a NEW LOCATION, the Universal Hilton, 555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA 91608
This fun event will feature 
blackjack, craps, roulette, and Texas Hold'em Poker. Plus prime rib dinner, music, dancing and silent auction. 

This is our main source of funding to support our programs.  Our vision is to double our efforts with expanded services for children, adults, and Veterans, providing encouragement, activities, equipment, and much needed support. And if we're going to double-downwe need your help to do it!


Thank you
In the coming days we  will be sending you a full report on the success of our Wheelchair Sports Festival.  Stay tuned to be BLOWN AWAY by what our heroes accomplish next!
Please tell your friends and colleagues about Triumph Foundation and keep us and those we are working for in your prayers.  

Your giving enables Triumph Foundation to provide much-needed assistance to thousands of people in the paralysis community.  We rely on donations from generous people like you. Please help us continue to provide these valuable services.

We are so thankful for your support,

Andrew Skinner

3rd Annual Adaptive Sports Expo at VA Long Beach!

May 10, 2017