Stem Cell Health Alliance
Biographical Sketch - Garrett Tanner
Tanner was a 20 year-old college student and gymnast in 2007. While executing a
flip in a training routine, he landed on his head, fracturing his neck and severely
injuring his spinal cord at the C5 and C6 level. “It was like when you watch the
lights go out in a stadium; one by one”, says Garrett as he recalls the
accident. “I felt my body shut down, bit by bit, limb by limb”.
Today, Garrett is a 22 year old quadriplegic who lives his life in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the chest down. Ironically, he use to wonder what being paralyzed would feel like as he supported his own grandfather in a wheel chair, rubbing his legs often to increase circulation. Garrett now knows first hand what it feels like – most days he is certain that his legs are moving but they are not. His brain is telling his hand to pick up a book but he can’t.
In his dreams, Garrett plays sports. While that is not physically possible now, during an intensive leadership training where he rediscovered the passion, commitment and dedication it took to become a premier athlete and gymnast, Garrett is committed to bringing these qualities to a newly defined vision for his life, and to Breakthrough to Independence Mission.
Garrett plans to return to school, to become independent, and to provide for his family. He lost his grandfather six months before his accident, but can make a difference for his brother, sister and parents. He is also empowered by a strong desire to make a difference for others, which is the primary motivation for his perseverance. "Improving my strength and mobility so that I can care for myself, my family and others in need would be my wish fulfilled."
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note: This clinical study may be referred to as "The Amazing Race To Independence" or "Breakthrough to Independence". Both names are referring to the same clinical trial and your support is very much appreciated.
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