Grant provides adaptive sports gear

A grant from the Kelly Brush Foundation has helped a Gaylord resident start the new year with adaptive sports gear.  […]

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A grant from the Kelly Brush Foundation has helped a Gaylord resident start the new year with adaptive sports gear. 

Kristin Burgess of Gaylord will enjoy new sports equipment that will help her achieve goals for an active lifestyle, despite her spinal cord injury. She has been an active member of Minnesota’s disability community. 

Sports and an active lifestyle help many people stay healthy and connected to friends and family. For people with mobility challenges, however, being active can be difficult to access, due to the high cost of adaptive sports equipment, which is almost never covered by insurance. To help people to lead active, engaged lives, the Kelly Brush Foundation provides funding, resources, and experiences to people with spinal cord injuries, helping them find ways to engage or reengage with sport. 

Burgess loves to be active, and her new Handcycle will empower her to reconnect with a loved activity and a healthy lifestyle. It will also make it easier to spend time with family and friends, and create a deeper connection with others in the community.

She was awarded this grant as a part of the Kelly Brush Foundation’s Fall 2023 grant cycle.

 “It’s exciting to help Kristin kick off 2024 with her a new Handcycle, helping her stay active and healthy,” said Kelly Brush Foundation Executive Director Edie Perkins. “While Kristin and others with spinal cord injuries work hard at their recovery, the process can be tedious and prescriptive. Adaptive sports are a way to break free of the structure, physical therapy clinics, and doctors’ offices, helping people enjoy life in ways that we’re all meant to – by moving our bodies and experiencing the full world around us. I can’t wait to see how this new equipment helps Kristin enjoy life and make new connections.”   

The Vermont-based Kelly Brush Foundation was founded in 2006 by Kelly Brush and her family after she sustained a spinal cord injury while racing in an NCAA alpine ski race. To date, the Kelly Brush Foundation has awarded more than 1,700 adaptive equipment grants. 

To learn more, go to Kelly Brush Foundation

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