Traci's Story

As some of you may know, September 1, 2008 is a date that drastically changed my life.  That particular Labor Day was a day of fun with friends, family, errands and the usual 3 day weekend activities.  When I went to bed that night I had no Idea that my body was quietly starting an autoimmune response that would go awry and leave me paralyzed.  When I woke up on Sunday morning I knew something was terribly wrong and a few hours later I was paralyzed from the chest down.  The causes of the illness and resulting injury cannot be explained by even the best doctors in the country.  It is crazy and shocking to think that it is possible to go to bed healthy and wake up a paraplegic.

As you can imagine, it has been a very difficult time for me and my family.  The months that followed, the hospitals, doctors and rehab facilities are sometimes almost too painful to remember.  Our family has spent the past several years adjusting, coping and rebuilding. Life is very different now.   I am no longer the mother or wife that I wanted to be, but still work hard to reduce the impact this has on the ones I love the most.

The family chips in more now, Samantha pushes the grocery cart at the store and Jack helps carry the bags in  from the car.   It is not the big things in life that one misses, but the ability to do the small everyday things….Carry a cup of coffee, run in a store for a gallon of milk, hold your child's hand in the parking lot, get into a friend’s house.

Family and Friends Support

Through all of this, we have had amazing support from family, friends, neighbors and even strangers.  Even when we were unresponsive, the generosity of people and the emotional support from the community has been something I could have only hoped for.  It is often said that in difficult times you find out who your friends are, I have found that sometimes you find friends you didn't even know you had.

As we rebuild a family life, we are also building a foundation to fund a cure.  There are over a million people affected by spinal cord injuries – sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers.  It is our goal to ensure that a condition that affects almost every major area of one’s life does not continue.  The scientific research is promising.  Scientist believe the answer is within their grasp but progress towards a cure is slow due to gross underfunding.

There are few conditions that without a cure will forever effect such large areas of your life: the car you drive, the house you live in, the places you can go, the trips you take and even some of the clothes you wear.

A Cure for SCI's is Probable

A cure for spinal cord injuries like mine is now not only possible, but scientists believe it is probable.    Please join me and my foundation in funding a cure.  There are many ways individuals and corporations can help.  From financial donations to joining us to raise awareness.
Get Involved in Finding a Cure for SCI's

I ask that you visit my foundation's website  and get involved in the capacity you are able and comfortable with.

Please join me in our yearly fund-raiser event by visiting in September 2012:  Click here>>

Or find us on Facebook, click the "like" button and tell your friends about this great cause.

Thank you.

Traci Fernandez

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