Grant awarded to benefit spinal cord injury patients at Mercy Riverside Rehab

Mercy Foundation recently received a $19,500 grant from the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Christopher Anderson Norton (CAN) Foundation to purchase the Bioness H200 hand rehabilitation system for Mercy Riverside Rehab. This equipment will enable individuals with a spinal cord injury or other neurological conditions to potentially regain use of their hands.

The SCI CAN Foundation provides grants to fund equipment needs for organizations focused on the long-term health and recovery of individuals with spinal cord injuries. The founder, Christopher Norton, suffered a spinal cord injury in 2010 during a Luther College football game. He, along with the SCI CAN board of directors, are dedicated to raising funds so all spinal cord patients have access to state-of-the art therapy equipment.

“We are pleased to make this gift to Mercy Riverside Rehab,” said Terry Norton, SCI CAN board president and Christopher’s dad. “Chris has made tremendous progress in his recovery due to excellent therapy staff, the most advanced therapy treatment methods and his own determination. We hope others can enjoy the same successes through this gift.”

Mercy Riverside Rehab provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy outpatient rehabilitation services to individuals of all ages. “The addition of the Bioness hand rehabilitation system provides another tool for our therapists to utilize with our patients who have lost the ability to use their hands due to a spinal cord injury, said Dee Simmons, Riverside Rehab Therapy manager. “We are truly grateful to the SCI CAN Foundation for making this gift possible. It will improve the quality of life for many of our patients.”

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