Pressing Message from Andrew Skinner

Andrew Skinner December 30, 2023 News, Triumph Outreach Update

“We're passionate about providing the relationships and resources that encourage people to keep moving forward.”

Imagine the profound impact you can have on someone’s life as they face the crushing burden of a spinal cord injury without a lifeline to hope, resources, or a way forward.

In 2023, your compassion and generosity made a significant, life-changing difference for individuals and families navigating the challenges of paralysis and disability.

Thanks to supporters like you, a lifeline was extended to children, adults, and veterans during their darkest moments. Your contributions equipped them with the resources and hopeneeded to conquer physical obstacles, gear up for the journey ahead, and continue moving forward. But our story doesn’t end there.

Keep reading to see how your gift of $25 or more will give people living with paralysis the resources they need to thrive – and help others triumph over their disabilities in 2023 and beyond.


As we step into 2024, an unforeseen crisis looms for over 300 individuals living in Southern California. They don’t know it yet, but these people will face paralysis due to catastrophic injuries or illnesses – that’s six people every week! Friends, relatives, parents, sons, and daughters will embark on an unexpected lifelong journey with a disability, desperately needing your support.

If you’ve personally faced a similar situation or supported a family member or friend through it, you understand the overwhelming helplessness that grips them.

This is why we’re asking you, our faithful supporter, to extend your passionate and generous hand once again. We can’t let these newly-injured individuals be left behind. They need relationships and resources to empower them and give them the momentum to “keep moving forward.”


Our mission to transform tragedy into triumph is embodied by our dedicated team of Triumph Ambassadors. These individuals with SCI who’ve “been there, done that,” and undergone training as counselors, possess the unique ability to offer peer mentorship and essential resources to every newly-injured person we meet.

Suhrab is a shining example of an Ambassador whose path to triumph was far from easy. Paralyzed at the age of five by an explosion in his native Afghanistan, Suhrab faced unimaginable challenges as a refugee in Pakistan, even without the basic necessity of a wheelchair. He eventually made his way to the United States, undergoing extensive surgeries for his recovery.

But for 16 years, Suhrab navigated life navigated life with extreme PTSD and anxiety, unaware of a community of people who share similar injuries and life-long obstacles. It was a life-changing moment when he discovered Triumph Foundation where he experienced a genuine sense of belonging and support.

Your generous contributions have been instrumental in the journeys of people like Suhrab, enabling them to embrace life fully and even extend support to others in need.

As we enter 2024, our Ambassadors have set ambitious goals – to visit EVERY newly-paralyzed person in Southern California and expand our support groups, grants, equipment distribution, and adaptive recreation events. However, we cannot achieve this without your help. Your year-end gift of $100 or more empowers our trained Ambassadors, the true heroes of our foundation, to guide individuals in finding the strength to keep moving forward.

Please consider making a significant gift before December 31st, ensuring that we end 2023 on a strong note and enter 2024 with the resources needed to combat this looming crisis.

From the entire Triumph Family, we wish you a wonderfully fulfilling new year filled with genuine triumphs and the forward momentum you need to thrive.

Happy New Year!

P.S. Please send your tax-deductible gift by December 31, 2023.  Your generous gift toward our vital programs will pave the way for Triumph Foundation’s ongoing growth and impact!


Your support plays a pivotal role in the lives of individuals like Lulu, who faced a dramatically altered reality after a tragic car accident resulted in a C6 spinal cord injury and quadriplegia. Our paths crossed at our Central Coast support group, and it was there that Triumph provided Lulu with a Care Pack filled with resources and referrals to empower her with the knowledge and momentum needed for her challenging journey ahead.

Lulu, an independent and athletic 21-year-old, refused to let her circumstances impede her dreams. Though now reliant on family and friends, she was determined to move forward. With the goal of pursuing her passion for speech and language pathology, Lulu faced the challenge of returning to college and navigating the campus independently. Triumph stepped in, providing her with a power wheelchair that grants her the mobility to pursue her educational aspirations.

Thanks to your support, our critical “Circle of Care” programs make a tangible difference in the lives of individuals like Lulu. Your contributions help them receive the assistance needed to settle into their homes after discharge, become fully equipped, and embark on their journeys with newfound independence.

Lulu is now reaching her full potential with unstoppable momentum, turning the dream of an education into a reality for her and her loved ones—all because of your unwavering support.

"As the world attempts a comeback from a year of setbacks, let each one of us pursue our own incredible comebacks."
- Andrew Skinner

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