2017 Evening of Hope

We need you to join our Army – Andee’s Army – on Saturday, September 16th for our Evening of Hope as we honor James H. Shepherd Jr. This special night of community and fun raises funds to provide assistance to children who have suffered spinal cord and brain injury. This year is the sixth anniversaryRead Full Story

Andee Poulos Graduates

Every May, thousands of high school graduates walk across the stage to accept diplomas. One graduate of Holy Innocents School was extra special – Andee Poulos. Andee suffered a massive stroke at age 14 when a blood vessel ruptured in her brain. She could not walk, talk or eat on her own and there wasRead Full Story

Merrill Lynch

Global Corporate & Institutional Advisory Services (GCIAS) of Merrill Lynch Client Associates held a fundraiser in the first quarter of 2016 to benefit Shepherd Center’s Recreation Therapy Adaptive Ski Trip and raised over $8,000.

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Summer Garden Party

The Board of Directors of Andee’s Army Youth Brain and Spinal Cord Foundation held a Garden Party on June 26, 2016 celebrating the summer solstice at the home of Elaine and John Carlos, board chair.

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Non-Traumatic (NTBI) Brain Hemorrhage and Stroke (20 years old)

College baseball player Keltin suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in April of 2015 as a result of a bleed from a arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in the brain. The stoke caused damage to Keltin’s temporal, parietal and occipital lobes, resulting in difficulties.

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Emily is a 17-year-old senior in the top 2% of her class at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, South Carolina. She was in a serious snowboarding accident on December 30, 2015, while on a church youth group trip to Lynchburg, Virginia. She tumbled over a foam barrier and struck her head on a pole, causing a traumatic brain injury.

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Erica was in a near-fatal car accident in August of 2013. She was partially ejected from the driver-side window with her seat belt still on. She suffered an open head fracture on the right side, as well as diffuse axonal injury to several parts of her brain. After six months, at four hospitals plus an additional six months of out-patient therapies, Erica’s traumatic brain injury (TBI) had left her with numerous physical impairments.

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In 2011, 14-year-old Andee had just returned to school from holiday break when a severe headache turned out to be internal bleeding from an extremely rare acquired brain injury called an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). As typical with non-traumatic acquired brain injuries, the AVM went undetected until a rupture caused sudden internal bleeding within the brain.

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Andrew’s journey began in the early morning hours in December 2013 when he was awakened by a horrific pain through his back and chest. Within 15 minutes, Andrew was left completely paralyzed from his chest down to his toes.

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Emily B.

Emily, a 19-year-old Kennesaw State college student from Woodstock Georgia was walking along an Athens street to visit a friend in February of 2013 when she was struck by an automobile which fled the scene. She sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for three weeks.

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