Triumph Foundation Blog

Wheelchair Sports Festival April 29th & 30th, 2017

April 13, 2017

Let'em Roll Casino Night 2017 *NEW LOCATION*

April 13, 2017

Superheroes Triumph! 5K

April 13, 2017

[Don't miss this] Look what you did...

April 4, 2017
New Beginning for Father of Six
Richard Ruehle is the winner of our Adapted Van Giveaway Essay Contest.
Watch his story:
Look what you did...

Last August Richard was on his way home from work when a car pulled in front of him and he was involved in a motorcycle accident suffering multiple injuries to his spinal cord leaving him a quadriplegic. Since his injury he has had to make many adjustments, but has been determined to reclaim his independence so he can take care of his wife and six children.

Triumph gave him a Care Basket in the hospital, a grant for ramps into his home, a wheelchair, and now an adapted van.
This van will enable him to return to physical therapy, take some of the strain off his wife as a caregiver, allow him to attend and be involved with his kids sports and family activities, and ultimately return to a job that's waiting for him to provide for his family. 

Your generosity and support gave us the ability to help Richard and his family. 

To help make more stories like this possible, go to
Let 'Em Roll Casino Night
Roll the dice, spin the wheel, and help others beat the odds! Don't miss this exciting Triumph Foundation tradition (held for the first time at the Universal Hilton) that provides support for our programs all year long. We can't do this without you.

Purchase your tickets today at a special early bird price for $150 until July 1st. 
All proceeds will benefit Triumph Foundation. Buy Tickets / Sponsor

FREE Sled Hockey Clinic

March 23, 2017

Wheelchair Over The Line Tournament in San Diego

March 23, 2017

Join Casa Colina's Outdoor Adventures Program on their Next ADVENTURE!

March 23, 2017

The Campaign for Disability Employment

March 22, 2017

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace.

What can YOU do?

YOU can support the Campaign for Disability Employment’s “What can YOU do?” initiative and play an important role in improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

“What can YOU do?” is a positive outreach initiative aimed at increasing the employment rate of people with disabilities by challenging common misperceptions. It sends a clear message: people with disabilities want to work and their talents and abilities benefit businesses both financially and organizationally. By implementing good workplace practices, such as maintaining a flexible and inclusive work environment, businesses can capitalize on the talents of qualified people with disabilities. All it takes is recognizing the value they add to the workplace and fostering a work culture welcoming of the talents of all individuals. We encourage organizations of all sizes and in all industries to join our effort.

Four Things YOU Can Do

There are many ways to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities and show your support for the “What can YOU do?” initiative. Here are four things you can do now:

RJ Mitte is a participant in the "Who I Am" PSA 1. Hire, Retain and Advance People with Disabilities. Businesses that are inclusive of people with disabilities – in hiring, retention and advancement – benefit from a wider pool of talent, skills, and creative business solutions. Additionally, fostering a work environment that is flexible and open to the talents of all qualified individuals, including those with disabilities, actually promotes workplace success for everyone.
Meg Guilford is a participant in the "Who I Am" PSA 2. Be a Mentor. Be a mentor by inspiring youth with disabilities to achieve their career aspirations. It is important that each individual is valued for his or her skills and talents, and that youth with disabilities are supported and encouraged to dream big when it comes to developing career goals. Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders. And if you are a youth with a disability, tell us what you WILL do!
Ron Drach, a participant in the 'Who I Am' PSA 3. Share the “CAN-Do” Spirit. Help us by telling others about the CDE and the “What can YOU do?” initiative. We encourage you to use our public service announcements, accompanying discussion guides, posters and other materials, all included in the CDE’s online CDE Toolkits, to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities in your business and community. Learn how our supporters are using the CDE’s tools to share the “CAN-Do” spirit!
Elizabeth Kumar is a participant in the Who I Am PSA 4. Link to Us. Link to the CDE on your Web site to show your support for the “What can YOU do?” initiative and provide your visitors with easy access to disability employment information and resources. Various link options are available, including a badge to proudly display your organization’s support for the CDE.

UCLA Bladder Study

March 22, 2017

This study is looking at the effects of non-invasive transcutaneous magnetic stimulation on DSD (detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia). Overall the study will look at whether this intervention helps to improve volitional urination and decrease frequency of catheterization. The treatment will be twice a week at UCLA for approximately 1 year. Several people that we’ve talked to don’t know if they truly have DSD (sometimes called a neurogenic bladder), which is fine. If they have the symptoms of not being able to volitionally void due to increased urethral pressure, then we’ll perform a video urodynamics study to confirm DSD prior to the beginning of the study.

Inclusion Criteria:

1.     Male

2.     Age 18-75

3.     At least 1 year post injury

4.     Non-progressive SCI at C2-T8

5.     ASIA A-B

6.     Neurogenic Bladder requiring CISC (clean intermittent self-catheterization)

Exclusion Criteria:

1.     History of autonomic dysreflexia

2.     Ventilator dependency

3.     Musculoskeletal dysfunction (current fracture or infection)

4.     Clinically significant depression

5.     Ongoing drug abuse

6.     Received Botox injection

7.     Previous bladder surgery

8.     Significant cardiopulmonary disease

For more information contact Josh Chambers

Diversity Day

January 23, 2017

Christmas Outreach Update

January 6, 2017
Outreach Update
Dear Triumph Supporter,

What an incredible year 2016 has been! Thanks to your wonderful support you touched the lives of thousands of people with spinal cord injury and other disabilities.
For every single Care Basket that we deliver, grant that we award, support group we facilitate, or sports and recreation activity we organize, there is a person who's story is worth being told.
This year we met a young 28-year-old young man named Nick who got  into a motorcycle accident. His family contacted us and Triumph's Ambassadors delivered him a Care Basket in the hospital. A month later, Nick was discharged to go home without a proper wheelchair. Nick contacted Triumph and, through our Exchange program, he was given a lightweight, loaner wheelchair. Nick then used the resources Triumph gave him to learn how to drive again using hand controls. He then applied for Triumph's Keep Moving Forward Grant for adapted driving equipment and returned to work. He now participates in many of our Adaptive Recreation programs and has taken a leadership role in our Support Group that meets near his home. Nick represents Triumph Foundation as an Ambassador, inspiring others that are newly paralyzed they can rebuild their lives too and reintegrate back into the community.
It's stories like Nick's - stories of lives restored - that encourage our hearts and instill a sense of duty to continue our work. They are made possible only through of the generosity of people like you. 
Please consider making a tax-deductible end-of-the-year donation to help continue our programs. Your generosity has changed so many lives, but many more are in need of the help you provide.

I hope your New Year is filled with love, laughter, good health, happiness, and prosperity.

Thank you, 

Andrew Skinner
(661) 803-3700     

PS - Don't forget to make your donation by this Saturday, December 31st to get the full 2016 tax benefit. Your giving transforms lives, and we can't do it without you.

Christmas Outreach
Your support sent Triumph Ambassadors traveling over 2,000 miles to deliver Care Baskets to 67 people that recently became paralyzed at 15 hospitals and rehab centers in the last 3 weeks to bring resources and hope this Christmas.
You made a LOT of people smile this Holiday season!

And the Winner is...
The winner of our Princess Cruises Raffle is...Clover Masonry.

Thank you to Princess Cruises that donated a four-day Coastal Getaway Cruise in support of Triumph Foundation.  

We are so grateful to everyone who purchased raffle tickets to help us raise funds for a transport van.  

Thank you
As you reflect on the Holidays and look forward to the year ahead, just imagine if you had a spinal cord injury.

If you became paralyzed, what would you want?  You would want choices, freedom, and opportunity. You would want to be seen as a person, whose capability is far greater than your disability. 

You would need an organization like Triumph Foundation to help you adjust, discover quality of life, and pursue your dreams. 
Your donations ensure that we can continue our important work.
I hope Triumph has touched your heart as you continue to invest in our life-changing programs.  

We couldn't be more grateful to you.

Happy New Year, 

Andrew Skinner

Christmas Outreach Schedule 2016

December 3, 2016

Princess Cruises Raffle

November 10, 2016


Triumph Foundation and Princess Cruises hosts a raffle to raise money to purchase a new transport van.

Triumph Foundation is selling raffle tickets for $100 to win a Princess Cruises vacation in order to raise money to buy a cargo van for transporting the organization’s Care Baskets to hospitals, wheelchairs, adapted sports equipment, and any other necessary items supporting Triumph’s outreach program needs.

Purchase Raffle Tickets

The winner of the cruise will receive a four-day Coastal Getaway cruise for two in a private balcony stateroom. The cruise sails round-trip from Los Angeles along the West Coast, and will include fresh-made cuisine, comfortable accommodations, and dazzling entertainment.

The drawing will take place on December 27, 2016 at 7 PM at Triumph Foundation's End-Of-The-Year celebration at C.O.R.E. (Center of Restorative Exercise) at 9667 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA 91324. Winner need not be present.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at

Adapted Van Giveaway Contest

October 12, 2016
Triumph Foundation is launching an essay contest to select a person with Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder (SCI/D) to receive a donated wheelchair accessible van. There are many individuals that are paralyzed that cannot afford a modified vehicle to go to work or school, regain family unity, and simply reintegrate back into the community. Triumph Foundation’s Adapted Van Giveaway Contest seeks to find an individual who can most benefit from receiving the adapted van to help them reclaim their freedom and independence.

Vehicle Details:
• 1999 Ford E-150 XLT Van
• V8 engine
• Braun Rear Lift
• Ricon 6-way Transfer Driver Seat
• MPS hand controls
• Vehicle is donated in “As-Is” condition, with no warranties given

Contestant Qualifications:
• Person with Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder
• Valid California DMV driver’s license with hand control certification OR efforts being made to attain one.
• Require the van’s special features
• Available to personally receive vehicle upon being awarded
• Provide proof of insurance at time of receipt
• Proof of income/financial constraint
• Must be 18 years or older
• Agree to participate in Triumph Foundation press and promotions regarding the Adaptive Van Giveaway

Essay Instructions:

Provide an autobiographical essay that describes how you were injured, the degree of your disability and how it affects your everyday life, how you currently stay active, what hardships you face preventing you from owning a van now, how you would use this accessible van to move forward with your life goals and endeavors, and any other factors that you wish to be taken into consideration. In addition, include how you would assist Triumph Foundation to help others that are paralyzed.

Entry deadline is December 1, 2016.
Applications will be reviewed by Triumph’s Board of Directors
Giveaway contest winner will be announced January 2017.

Winning Contestant will be chosen by Triumph Foundation’s Board of Directors will review each application and choose the winning contestant.

Application Guidelines:
• Essay must be 1,000 words or less
• Written using Times New Roman font
• Double spaced sentences
• Emailed to
• Email Title “Accessible Van Giveaway Application”
• Essay must be attached to email as a Word doc
• Include a picture of yourself as a 2nd email attachment

*Handwritten applications will not be considered

Medical Supplies Drive

September 27, 2016

Over-the-Line Wheelchair Baseball Tournament

September 21, 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016, Triumph Foundation is holding our 3rd Annual Over-the-Line Wheelchair Baseball Tournament at the Barry A. Sanders Sport Field located at Lake Balboa Park 6300 Balboa Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91316. Everyone's welcome to attend!

To Register, email

Over-the-Line is a modified baseball game where players form small teams, attempt to hit a ball "over the line" into fair territory without their opponents catching it, and keep score. There will be a bracket where teams will have to win their way to the championship.

Exciting stem cell news!

September 21, 2016

Historic Spinal Cord Stem Cell Treatment Is a Game Changer for Biotech

By Patrick Cox

September 19, 2016

The Keck Medical Center of USC recently released news about a patient who participated in a clinical trial of stem cells for treatment of complete cervical spinal cord injury...included is video of patient Kris Boesen.

Some theorized that Boesen’s spinal cord hadn’t been completely severed and thought he must have naturally recovered.

This FDA-approved clinical trial required that only patients with catastrophic spinal cord injury could participate. It could have been possible, though, that a single patient was misdiagnosed by the experienced and highly qualified clinical and surgical team.

All 8 patients in the trial show great improvement

Data has now been released about all eight clinical participants with catastrophic spinal cord injury. Boesen wasn’t an anomaly. His results weren’t even the most impressive. All eight attained benefits that are both spectacular and historic.

The first three patients, in fact, only received the same small number of stem cells used in earlier mouse studies. Yet, they have shown some improvement.

The other five quadriplegics received half the therapeutic dose. They have gained enough upper body movement to care for themselves in just three months (the trial’s FDA guidelines allow twelve months).

Read more:…/historic-spinal-cord-stem…

TV story:

Read Full Press Release on Stem Cell Trial

About the SCiStar Trial

The SCiStar trial is an open-label, single-arm trial testing three sequential escalating doses of AST-OPC1 administered at up to 20 million AST-OPC1 cells in as many as 35 patients with sub-acute, C-5 to C-7, motor complete (AIS-A or AIS-B) cervical SCI. These individuals have essentially lost all movement below their injury site and experience severe paralysis of the upper and lower limbs. AIS-A patients have lost all motor and sensory function below their injury site, while AIS-B patients have lost all motor function but may retain some minimal sensory function below their injury site. AST-OPC1 is being administered 14 to 30 days post-injury. Patients will be followed by neurological exams and imaging procedures to assess the safety and activity of the product.

The study is being conducted at six centers in the U.S. and the company plans to increase this to 12 to accommodate the expanded patient enrollment...


September 5, 2016

Artists For Trauma Multi Media Group Art Show

July 22, 2016

What it is All About eNewsletter

July 22, 2016
Outreach Update

I was recently asked what makes Triumph Foundation different than other charities?

I thought for a moment, and replied that Triumph Foundation makes quality of life a reality for people dealing with paralysis.  We are a high impact, grass roots, non-profit organization.  We have kept our hearts in the right place, and just try to serve people. 

Triumph provides emotional, practical, and physical support programs.  

Read the outreach update below to see what your support enabled just in the last month.  I know we sent you an outreach update in June, but we are going BACK-TO-BACK eNewsletters.  This is what it is all about.

Triumph exists because of your generosity.  We don't have a rich uncle, daddy warbucks, big celebrity connections, or an institution that predominately funds us...yet.  We rely on people like you and our Let'em Roll fundraiser.

We can do all the good works in the world, but we need capital to fuel the engine.  Our Casino Night is what propels us forward. 

Your donation will help continue Triumph's critical support services.

Buy Tickets Now

Thank you for your support,

Andrew Skinner
(661) 803-3700

Keep Moving Forward Grants
One of our organization's biggest program expenses is our Keep Moving Forward Grants. Your donations to Triumph helps offset financial burdens for people living with SCI. Each month we give away thousands-of-dollars worth in assistance to people with spinal cord injury. Here are some of the highlights of people you've helped:

Rosa was involved in a car accident in 2010 leaving her a T9 paraplegic. She feels like she lost a part of herself when she lost the ability to go places on her own. She works two part time jobs and attends college. She has to rely on family, friends, and Access paratransit to get where she needs to go. Your support helped Rosa get one step closer to regaining her independence by providing her with drivers training at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center.

Aaron was injured in a snow boarding accident in 2013 leaving him with a complete spinal cord injury. He is unable to move his arms or legs but fortunately he is able to breath on his own. We hooked him up with a voice IR environmental control unit. Now he is capable of controlling his T.V., lights, and thermostat. 

Jessica is our Ballard Rehab Life Series Group leader. She was injured in 2003 from a roll over car accident suffering a C6-7 spinal cord injury. She credits her accident to helping her find purpose in life and making an impact on this world in a positive way. She gained a new lease on life. Her and her husband recently moved into a new house and they needed help modifying the bathroom. They widened the doorway, created a roll in shower, and installed a new sink and toilet. Their new bathroom will be fully accessible so Jessica can take care of herself independently. 

Care Basket Outreach
Our Care Baskets & Backpacks are the first line of support providing the injured person and their family with resources to guide their way. They are a tool-kit to help someone rebuild their life after becoming paralyzed. Triumph Ambassadors visit hospitals providing mentorship and bringing a message of hope to people that are newly injured. 

We met Jason recently after he suffered a C6-7 spinal cord injury while he was practicing his acrobatic skills. Jason is a professional gymnast and performance artist from Las Vegas.  While he was training on the cables and was suspended upside down they suddenly snapped causing him to fall and Jason broke his neck.  His friends helped him come out to Los Angeles to go to UCLA and plans to transfer to Casa Colina.  He is making an awesome recovery and we are excited to watch him triumph.
Triumph recently met Jacob who broke his neck in a diving accident. He lives in Guam and was going with family and friends to their favorite swimming spot. Without thinking he dove in like he had always done, but the water level was much shallower than normal and he went headfirst into the ground breaking his C5 vertebrae in his neck becoming a quadriplegic. At 17 years old he has a lot of life in front of him and we know that it is going to have a greater purpose than he ever imagined.
When populations are high at hospitals we hold an inpatient party so we can connect with everyone all together that way no-one slips through the cracks. Triumph Foundation visited Rancho Los Amigos Hospital to meet 8 people that recently suffered Spinal Cord Injury.  With our team of Ambassadors, we delivered our Care Backpacks full of resources.
Thank you to our Ambassadors for coming out to meet the newly injured people. We were all fortunate to have people who got injured before us be our mentors. We made a lot of friends that day that will last a lifetime and are the future of Triumph Foundation. It is all about paying it forward.

Home Modifications
Our goal is to minimize the obstacles that people face after suffering a spinal cord injury. One challenge that many people face after being injured is wheelchair accessibility at home. Most people never plan to spend a large part of their life using a wheelchair, so they are not prepared to deal with the challenges of accessibility that that requires. Triumph helps people with planning, consulting, referrals, and at times, performing accessible remodels. We know that having access is having freedom and independence.

Triumph Foundation met Caesar at Henry Mayo after he got into a car accident. He suffered a spinal cord injury becoming a quadriplegic.  We followed him along his journey to Rancho Los Amigos Hospital providing him mentorship and a Care Basket full of resources.  When it was time for him to come home, his family asked for help building ramps to give him access.  Triumph partnered with the men's group from Heart of the Canyons church.  The workers came out and built ramps to allow Caesar to come home.   

Roll On Capitol Hill
Triumph Foundation is proud to be the Golden State Chapter of the United Spinal Association.  Our founder, Andrew recently visited Washington DC and attended the 5th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill Legislative and Advocacy Conference to advocate for legislation that impacts people with disabilities. 
Roll on Capitol Hill is United Spinal's annual legislative advocacy event that addresses issues that impact the health, independence, and quality of life of individuals living with spinal cord injuries and disorders. He along with a group of others from California met with the states Congress members to discuss several pieces of legislation that matter to people with disabilities.

Learn More 

Women's Retreat
Triumph Foundation held it's 3rd annual Women's Retreat for wives, girlfriends, and partners of men with SCI. This year they went to Ventura and stayed at a beach resort. They spent the day socializing and discussing issues of having a significant other and companion who is paralyzed. Spinal cord injury doesn't just affect the person who is injured, it also affects their loved ones and people around them.

Cooking with our Veterans
Triumph Foundation held a wheelchair friendly cooking clinic and made lunch for around 20 veterans at the Long Beach VA hospital. Andrew, showed that even a quadriplegic is able to cook a good tasting, healthy, and nutritious meal. He and Triumph Ambassadors Walter, Erik, Luis, Jimmy, and Damon cooked up some food to feed the paralyzed vets and tried to inspire and challenge everyone in attendance to make better food choices and cook their own meals. We hope this is just the start to their post spinal cord injury culinary skills.

Casino Night Fundraiser

Join us at our Let'em Roll Casino Night on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Valencia, CA.  

Don't miss the BEST PARTY of the year that will include a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament, Craps, Blackjack and Roulette; PLUS we will have Prime Rib Dinner, Music, Dancing, and a Silent Auction.

Not only is this event a lot of fun and great for a date night, it is a celebration of all that we've accomplished and is our main fundraiser of the year that supports our programs. It is not about the games, it is about the cause.
Watch the sizzle reel:

Thank you

There are so many more stories worth sharing...your support changes lives.

Even if you can't personally attend our fundraiser, please consider buying a ticket for someone who otherwise could not afford one.   

Make a Donation 
We are so thankful for your support,

Andrew Skinner