Joe Gavigan’s Story

“I shattered three vertebrae in my lower back in a plane crash in the Colorado Rocky Mountains that left me paralyzed from the waist down.  After surgery, the Colorado doctors gave me no hope of recovery, but my family was determined to find the best rehab for me. We selected Drake based on numerous doctor recommendations from across the country and the close proximity of family.”

The day I arrived at Drake, the physical and occupational therapists got me started and convinced me to work hard. I’ve made incredible progress.

Today, I’m married and have a two-year-old son. I love outdoor activities like biking, hiking and skiing. Don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t do something. Drake really opened my eyes to see that I could do so much more than I thought possible the day I arrived.”

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