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Patrick Rummerfield Teams with Eric Westacott Foundation and Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to Help Young Quadriplegic Boy
Date:7/30/2009

nal cord injured for information and resources," commented Joseph Canose, Vice President of Quality of Life at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. "We were pleased to be able to assist them and developed a relationship over the years. Lorraine's injury was the same level as Christopher Reeve's and she received a piece of Christopher's equipment after he passed away." Canose continued, "After Lorraine's passing, her family chose to donate Lorraine's equipment to another family with a child who had a similar injury. The Reeve Foundation's Paralysis Resource Center matched them with Alex Malarkey, also dependent on a ventilator and someone who has also received assistance from our highly trained information specialists."

Alex made history in January 2009, at the age of 10, by becoming the youngest patient to undergo a surgical procedure that replaced the breathing unit he once was forced to use (weighing over 200 lbs) with a much smaller and lighter one. This surgery has allowed adult quadriplegics to sail solo and skydive.

"We are very grateful to the Eric Westacott Foundation for this opportunity," said Beth Malarkey, upon hearing of the invitation that the Foundation had extended to Alex and his family. "Alex has never had a chance to participate in concentrated rehabilitation. This bike is something he really needed for a long time, and we're just so touched that Alex will get a fair shot and rehabilitation."

The 16th Annual Eric Westacott Foundation Golf Classic will take place at Gateway National, in Madison, IL on August 1. Shotgun start will be 12:30pm.

About Patrick Rummerfield
Patrick Rummerfield is the first fully functional SCI quadriplegic in the history of medicine. Following a 1
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