Year-End Message from Andrew

Andrew Skinner December 29, 2020 News, SCI, Triumph Outreach Update, Videos


This might be controversial to say after the year we’ve had, but there’s something important I really want you to hear: 2020 wasn’t all that bad.

Ok, I admit that a lot of 2020 was pretty awful. But as much as we were shut-in and shut-down, Triumph was never shut-off in our effort to help people living with disabilities. In fact, in some ways we were more effective this year than we ever expected.

Before I tell you why 2020 wasn’t a total disaster, I want to drop some truth on you that I hope you can understand:


As bad as 2020 was for you and me, this year was a whole lot worse for those children, adults and Veterans who suffered spinal cord injuries. The needs of the newly-injured have multiplied.

Due to pandemic restrictions, many people are facing paralysis and recovery in total isolation from family and friends. Their family members simply can’t be with them in hospitals. I can’t imagine how hard that would be.


Our 2020 goals went out the window too. In fact, what we called our “2020 Vision” wasn’t as clear as I thought. There goes my record for predicting the future. Ha!

Not only that, but this year has been particularly difficult for charities like ours. Donations are at an all-time low, while requests for assistance have increased dramatically.

But not all of our goals and dreams were thwarted in 2020.


Last year, we announced that our goal for 2020 was to establish a “Home For Triumph.” In March, we were able to lease a 2,000 square foot warehouse and office in Valencia from which we are now able to more efficiently serve the SoCal paralysis community – despite the pandemic. I can’t thank you enough for making this dream a reality.

And for the past six months, we’ve adjusted our tactics to make meaningful connections with the newly-injured, holding hundreds of peer-support meetings on zoom, packaging & shipping 114 Care Packs, refurbishing & distributing 42 wheelchairs and critical medical equipment, and gave $72,000 in KMF grants - all from this very warehouse - an incredible accomplishment for the people we serve!


Our unshakable resolve is to meet people during their time of greatest need; providing hope, education, financial support, assistance to return to work, and community activities that will improve their quality of life, so that they can find joy and happiness despite their disability.

But we truly need your help to keep our programs going strong into 2021. With your year-end gift, you can multiply our service to newly-injured patients in their hospital rooms. You can provide mobility equipment and home modifications free of charge. And you can expand the reach of our services beyond Southern California.

Your donation, no matter the size, enables our ambassadors, equipment team, and recreation leaders to serve the needs of the injured and ensure that they keep moving forward with their lives.

We currently have a budget shortfall of $85,000 for 2020. I’m confident we can raise this money if we all work together. So please help us reach this goal by sending your year-end gift today.

A new year is what we need. A fresh start. And your donations will make that happen.

From the entire Triumph Family, may this holiday season be a beautiful time of love and connection with your own family and friends.

Happy New Year,

Andrew Skinner
Founder, Executive Director

P.S. Please postmark your tax-deductible gift by December 31, 2020. Your gift toward our vision will pave the way for Triumph Foundation’s growth both today, and into the future!


We want you to see what your giving, volunteering, and participation has done in the lives of the people we serve. Check out this exciting video showing all we were able to accomplish in 2020!

We are here for you. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact us


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