I first climbed the 103 floors of the Willis Tower almost two years after breaking my neck in a cycling accident. My climb took nearly three hours, and was even covered by The Today Show.
I climbed to support the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the finest medical institution of its kind in the world. RIC is a leader in bionics, stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and pain management—and it is the reason I have a life. When you are the best in the world, changing the way rehabilitative medicine is delivered, getting better patient outcomes and leading the world in research dollars for rehabilitation, you get attention from all over the world.
RIC’s reputation attracts patients from all over the country and around the globe for its world-class care and revolutionary treatments. Construction is now well underway on RIC’s new research hospital, which will change the model of care for people with conditions affecting their Ability and bring them better outcomes—faster.
Many of you have helped me support the RIC and I am very grateful. On November 2nd, I am going to try to climb the Tower again and I know that every stair I climb will help someone who wakes up after a catastrophic accident or stroke and is scared. RIC is a place of hope and possibility, and your generosity will help RIC care for thousands of people each year.
Thank you for taking a moment to read this and for your support.