Andrew Skinner January 27, 2018 News, Noteworthy, SCI, Triumph Outreach Update

Dear Triumph Family,

What would you say is your most important priority for 2018?

For Triumph Foundation, we plan to make "family" the number one priority in everything we do this year.

Family means many different things to people. To me, my family includes my wife & daughter, and our relatives; I have family by friendship, the Triumph family of Ambassadors, and our family of volunteers.  I also consider each person who suffers a paralyzing injury - and their family - as my brothers and sisters; they are embraced by Triumph as family. To me, each one of you makes this the most wonderful family I could ever ask for.

Together, our family is making an incredible difference in the lives of so many people. This month, we showcase our Christmas Outreach, one of the most important family building celebrations of the year.  Read below.

I want to invite you to prioritize your #TriumphFamily in 2018. Now is a great time to commit to volunteering, participating in events, and giving to provide our critical services to families in need.

Thank you for being part of the family!

Newly Injured Support

All year long your support sends us to hospitals all over Southern California to visit families who have loved ones that suffered paralyzing accidents.  We deliver Care Baskets full of resources, provide mentorship, and bring a message of hope.

In December, we went into hyperdrive for Christmas, traveling over 2,000 miles in two weeks to deliver 45 Care Baskets to people that recently suffered spinal cord injury and had hundreds of people join us at more than a dozen parties.  Check out some of the pictures:


St. Jude Rehab We had more than 30 people attend our Christmas party at St. Jude Center for Rehabilitation & Wellness.


Long Beach Memorial It was a full house at the Long Beach Memorial's Support Group with over 20 people attending our party.


C.O.R.E. Triumph had great turn out at our Christmas party at C.O.R.E.'s new location where over 30 people attended.

Strides Triumph held a great party at Strides SCI Functional Fitness in San Juan Capistrano where we met some old and new friends.













Ballard Rehab Triumph had over 30 people in attendance at our San Bernardino group and gave away several Care Baskets.

Scripps Encinitas We had a fun get together at Scripps Rehab with over 25 people joining us for the Christmas Party.


Rancho Outpatient We went to Rancho a 2nd time to throw a party at their weekly support group.


Casa Colina Your support helped throw a huge Christmas party for over 60 people at Casa Colina.


Cal Rehab We had our first ever Christmas party at Cal Rehab and handed out Care Baskets to all their SCI patients.

Rancho Inpatient Your support helped bring 20 Care Baskets to people who recently had spinal cord injury at Rancho Los Amigos.


Sharp Rehab We traveled to Sharp Rehab in San Diego to hold a party for the SCI community and deliver Care Baskets to the inpatients.

Antelope Valley We had a wonderful Christmas party at our new Antelope Valley SCI Group at Palmdale Regional with over 20 people.


Visit our Facebook page for more photos from our 2017 Christmas Outreach.


Care Basket Stories

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 spinal cord injury.  Here are a few personal impact stories:

We met Johnny at our Christmas Outreach party at Rancho Los Amigos hospital. He was riding in the car with his family and they were involved in an accident. He broke several cervical vertebrae in his neck suffering a spinal cord injury. At 8 years old he has a great attitude, he is learning how to use his arms to play, and God has bigger plans for him than his family ever imagined.

We met Sylvia at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro. She is dealing with paralysis due to diagnosis of transverse myelitis. She is working hard in rehab to regain strength, has great family support, and a good attitude that will help her triumph over obstacles as she recovers.

At our St. Jude SCI Group in Brea we met Chris who became paralyzed from a motorcycle accident. He is thankful he has a good family support system. He's already returned to work building custom motorcycles with his dad. We brought him a Care Basket, gave him a grant for a wheelchair cushion, and your support helped give him a big smile this Christmas.

Triumph met Domonique at Sharp Rehabilitation in San Diego at our Christmas Outreach party. She suffered a spinal cord injury due to a gun shot wound. She has a terrific attitude knowing God has providence over her life, and she is determined to pursue her dreams and not allow this injury to hold her back.


Wheelchair Sports Festival

SAVE THE DATE: Our 7th Annual Wheelchair Sports Festival will be on April 28th & 29th at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex Gymnasium.

It will feature wheelchair hockey, basketball, quad rugby, racquetball, handcycling, SCUBA, WCMX, and many more adaptive sports and activities.

This event is open to EVERYONE to participate! We will have many extra sport wheelchairs for you to use and coaching to teach you how to play.  Plus we will have a Resource Fair featuring community partners and adapted products and services.

Register for FREE

We need Sponsors & Volunteers

Thank you

Having a disability is the club no one wants to join, but once you are in, you are part of the #TriumphFamily.

We will keep you updated on our outreach activities as the year progresses.  We have a lot planned and really need your help.  Volunteer

If you would like to know about fun events going on in the community, download this Events Calendar.

Please consider giving monthly to Triumph Foundation.  A small gift each month helps keep our focus on serving.  It is an easy and affordable way for you to invest in families in need.


We are so thankful for your support!


Andrew Skinner

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