‘Getting Back Up’ After A Spinal Cord Injury

By Scott W. Fedor

July 15, 2017

Topics: Spinal Cord Injury

Getting Back Up After A Spinal Cord Injury

Sustaining a spinal cord injury means not only having to adapt to and learn about a completely new lifestyle, but also having to face increasing medical bills and push back from insurance companies.


This was the situation I found myself in after sustaining a spinal cord injury. While living in a nursing home, my insurance company discontinued my physical therapy services. I was forced to rely on the generosity of friends and family in order to continue my therapy.


Unfortunately, insurance companies often fail to provide individuals living with a spinal cord injury the goods and services designed to improve their quality of life. I have made it my mission to ensure others in situations like mine can get the support they need.


Getting Back Up is 501(c)(3) organization that I founded to help bridge the gap when insurance fails through providing funding for participation in exercise-based recovery programs and the purchase of adaptable products. These programs and products have been proven to greatly improve the physical and emotional well-being of the injured individual.


Whether it's something as demanding as a vigorous workout to simply maintain or even restore one's body, or the independence that assistive technology and other products can offer, Getting Back Up strives to ensure that no one goes without the tools needed to make an immediate difference in his or her situation.


If you or someone you know could use some assistance, you can apply at www.gettingbackup.org.

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Scott W. Fedor

Scott W. Fedor

Scott Fedor suffered a broken neck and was left paralyzed from the neck down, in a 2009 diving accident. In 2011 he founded, Getting Back Up, a nonprofit that assists spinal-cord-injured individuals with exercise-based therapy and adaptable products. Prior to his injury, he served as Vice President for Halex, a Scott Fetzer company, and Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary. He is an advocate member of the Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance, nonprofit which promotes turning personal challenges into service for others. He also serves as a Board Member for LEAP, a nonprofit which assists individuals living with disabilities. Mr. Fedor holds a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University, where he also studied Mandarin Chinese, and an M.B.A. from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Today, Scott is a motivational speaker and resides in Westlake, Ohio.

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