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Wartorn movie »

Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Ragnar Relay Race »

Friday-Saturday, June 10-11, 2011


Golf Outing »

Friday, June 17, 2011


Idol's Chris Medina receives life-changing donation for his injured fiancee »

Past news


October, 2010 »

RSVP for the Wartorn movie showing.


September, 2010 »

In Memoriam: Michael Robert Schwass


February, 2010 »

We're off to the races, again!

Also, see our race night II photo gallery.


January, 2010 »

A Breath of Fresh Air for Our Heroes


November, 2009 »

In Memoriam: Don Dalton


October, 2009 »

New partner profiles


September, 2009 »

Keeping Good Company ...


August, 2009 »

New Partner Profiles — Disabled Patriot Fund & Behavioral Vision


July, 2009 »

Golf Outing A Great Success!


May, 2009 »

Restoring a Delicate Balance


April, 2009 »

Program update ...


March, 2009 »

The First Step Foundation, a First Class Guy.

Laurus Foundation Golf Outing. RSVP Now!


February, 2009 »

Orchestrating an Amazing Symphony — Optimal Health.


January, 2009 »

A new year and we're off to the races.

Also, see our race night photo gallery.


December, 2008 »

Cooking with gas and healthy ingredients.


November, 2008 »

NextSteps Chicago and the next steps for Tre’.


October, 2008 »

Independence One Goes to College and our Newest Partner.


September, 2008 »

Partners In Progress Launched with a ‘Salute’ to Our Veterans.


August, 2008 »

In Good Company – Program Partners Continue to Grow.


July, 2008 »

Partner Profile – Mike Brougher, In His Own Words.


June, 2008 »

Three New Initiatives – Independence One, Healthy Bodies-Healthy Minds, and the Laurus Running Club.


May, 2008 »

New Logo, New Tagline, and New Relationships.


October, 2008


Independence One Environmental Control Project

This month the foundation witnessed the first installation of the I-One Environmental Control Unit (ECU).

Tyler is a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student who has Cerebral Palsy. Tyler can now open and close his dorm room door, turn on lights, fans, his TV and send emails all from one central control unit – the Independence One. Tyler will be adding other new devises over time as the needs arise or his desire for more independence grows. The Independence One support team can configure any new wireless devise (added to the system) remotely with just a few bits of information provided by the user.

While we were there, Tyler had already begun to discuss new applications for his I-One with the system’s chief design engineer. We expect to hear great things from Tyler who now wants to focus his energies toward developing assistive technologies himself.

Salute Inc.

As you may remember, we reported last month on our partnership with Salute, Inc. – an organization that is doing a great job of meeting the special needs and concerns of veterans disabled during their military service. We are bringing together Salute and Rotary International (RI) to enlist the help of international Rotary clubs around the world to help our returning, wounded Veterans. The final details of the plan are being worked out to connect a wounded Vet here in the states with a Rotary Club overseas to set in motion a terrific funding mechanism from RI. We hope to launch this program in December with the Oak Lawn, IL Rotary club.

A new Partner In Progress

We are proud to be partnering with NextSteps Chicago — the first non-profit exercise facility devoted to the rehabilitation and overall wellness of Chicagoland SCI victims. NextSteps' mission is to provide the Chicagoland SCI community with affordable, dynamic, and progressive spinal cord injury rehabilitation while utilizing technologically advanced equipment and personalized functional exercise therapy and training methods.


We will be reporting more on our work with NextSteps and on a family from Aurora, IL. whose teenage son, Tre’, was paralyzed in drive-by shooting. Tre’ (short for Richard III) received his first treatment at NextSteps this month. We are working with NextSteps to put in place a complete rehabilitation plan for Tre’. More on our progress with Tre’ next month.

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