The Shepherd Center held its 6th Annual Project Rollway event on June 22nd. Shepherd Center is a not-for-profit hospital in Atlanta, GA specializing in the treatment, research, and rehabilitation of individuals with spinal cord injuries and other disabling conditions. Shepherd Center gives “healing and hope” to patients and their families by providing excellent medical care and transitional programs.
Project Rollway is a one of the many ways Shepherd provides hope and healing. Current and former patients participate in the fashion show event. All proceeds from donations, sponsors, and tickets sold at Project Rollway benefit Shepherd’s adolescent program. The adolescent rehabilitation program at Shepherd Center “focuses on returning teenagers to the highest level of functioning and independence as possible”. This program is uniquely geared towards young people because they may have emotional and mental needs that differ from adult patients.
Jeremy Maddox (pictured below, right) is a former patient of Shepherd Center and the adolescent rehabilitation program. He is also an outstanding representative for ABC Medical. We are honored to have him share his story below.
“To represent ABC Medical as a sponsor of Project Roll way presented by Shepherd Center was not only an honor but it was close to my heart. I was injured at the age of 16. One of the most difficult parts of my recovery was going back to school. After a catastrophic injury and spending 8 weeks in rehab, I was flooded with information about my disability along with feeling many emotions. As you can imagine, processing those emotions were overwhelming for a teenager. But conveying all that information to my peers was even harder. Project Rollway was founded and designed to help with this by providing funding for patients and their therapists by giving them [the therapists] the ability to return to the adolescent’s school with them. The program also allows them to help with school accessibility ranging from bathrooms, classroom desks, and lunchroom tables etc. They also meet with teachers and large groups of the student’s peers in a forum setting to answer questions. This allows the students to return to school feeling accepted and takes the burden off [the student] having to explain answers to questions they personally may not have even thought of themselves.”
Thank you, Shepherd Center, for having us at Project Rollway! And thank you, Jeremy, for sharing your story!