Triumph Foundation
Helping People Triumph Over Paralysis
Triumph Foundation’s mission is to help children, adults, and Veterans with spinal cord injury/disorder to triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day.

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When I suffered a high level spinal cord injury from a diving accident, I literally thought my life was over being a ventilator dependent quadriplegic. After I came home from rehab I was really depressed, mad at the world, and wanted to do nothing with anyone. All I wanted to do is lay in bed; until Triumph’s Ambassadors came to my house to give me a Resource Care Basket. They gave me hope, showed me life wasn't over, and inspired me to get up and still live life to its fullest. Ever since then I've been unstoppable, doing things I never thought that I could do. I can't thank Triumph Foundation enough for what they have done for me. I’m proud that I’m now paying it forward by helping others as a Triumph Ambassador.

Russel Burke
C-4 Tetraplegic, 2013

When my son, Justin, got into a dirt bike accident, becoming a paraplegic, we had no idea what to expect or what Justin’s new future would be like. While he was at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, Triumph visited us and gave my 16 year old son and my family the first sense of relief that there might be something more. Through Triumph Foundation’s mentorship, they helped our family adjust to life after injury. I am proud to say that Justin has been able to go through normal teenage “rights of passage” such as getting his driver’s license and even becoming homecoming king. Triumph helped us get through these tough times. It was a huge blessing to our family to get referrals for therapy, doctors, supplies and always being available to hear our concerns, answer questions, and to give us advice. As a mom, I am so thankful that there was an organization like Triumph to help my teenage son become a man and give him a future to look forward to.

Jamie Covarrubias
Mother of paraplegic

After a motorcycle accident left me paralyzed, I wasn’t sure what opportunities were available to me after injury. When I connected with Triumph Foundation, I began attending events and now I am doing more sports than I have done in my 50 years of life. I’m an avid hand cyclist, I snow ski, and play wheelchair sports. I’ve never been healthier or more active. I’ve avoided any secondary health complications because of Triumph’s sports programs. I’m pushing the limits of my abilities.

Jeff Hider
U.S. Marine / T-5 paraplegic, 2012

I’ve known Andrew for many years and regularly attend church with him, so volunteering was something “close to home” for me. Because of my time in the organization, I have met so many people from all walks of life who inspire me every day. In their stories, I am reminded to always put my best foot forward and live each day to it’s fullest because things can change in the blink of an eye. Volunteering with Triumph Foundation has been rewarding and it is truly heart warming to see the organization grow over the years. I always look forward to the next event as the people are not just friends, but have become family.

Traci McLaughlin

I got hurt after a tragic fall and was connected with Triumph Foundation. With their Keep Moving Forward grant, I was able to take driver’s training, install hand controls in my vehicle, and join the workforce again. The grant I received gave me back control of my life and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Sharon Lee
C-7 tetraplegic

As an occupational therapist, I work with individuals to help them adjust to life after a paralyzing injury, however they often need support that goes beyond a therapists capability. I'm so thankful for Triumph Foundation, they reinforce my treatment plan, provide services that transcend therapy, and offer a continuum of care that is a lifelong support network. Peer mentors are so critical when someone faces a traumatic injury, I can trust that when I call on Triumph Ambassadors their expertise fills in the gaps to assist my patients to live life to their fullest ability.

Maneshka Perera
Occupational Therapist / California Rehabilitation Institute

Triumph Foundation has been an essential community partner with the VA Long Beach for many educational, instructional, and competitive events. The knowledge and expertise of the team from Triumph has had far reaching impact on our Veterans. From motivational speaking engagements, adaptive sports events, and VA personnel trainings, Triumph Foundation has been a model community partner with the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, particularly with the Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Healthcare Group.

Colin Lenington, OTD, OTR/L
Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Spinal Cord Injury/ Disorders / VA Long Beach Healthcare System

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