Scottsdale, AZ – February 12, 2015
She was UNSTOPPABLE. Not because she did not have failures or doubts. But because she continued on despite them.
~Beau Taplin – UNSTOPPABLE
This is the quote on Amy Van Dyken-Rouen’s Twitter page and a perfect representation of the woman that Amy is. The only thing more powerful than an unstoppable woman, is an entire army of individuals working for a single cause led by an unstoppable woman.
Angel MedFlight met Amy Van Dyken Rouen in June of last year when she was involved in a horrific ATV accident, leaving her a T-12 paraplegic. Amy and her husband Tom immediately decided to go to Craig Hospital in Denver in order to receive the best rehabilitation for her type of injury. The Angel MedFlight Team was honored to safely transport this 6 time Olympic Gold Medalist to Craig Hospital so she could take the next step in her vigorous rehabilitation process.
We’ve all heard the saying that true strength is keeping everything together when everyone expects you to fall apart. Amy’s not only displayed true strength but she’s taken it to a whole new level. When Amy was faced with a life-changing injury, instead of focusing on the things she could no longer do, she looked for the opportunity to do things she’d never done.
Amy learned that paraplegics and quadriplegics can expect to spend $1 million in medical expenses in the first year following their injury. In additional to the usual medical expenses, there are many additional pieces of equipment necessary for routine living. For example, there are chairs to assist with showering, but they are very expensive and insurance doesn’t cover them. There are chairs to assist with using the restroom but again, they are expensive and insurance doesn’t cover them. Individuals who don’t have the funding for these items are left with undesirable alternatives. After hearing story after story from individuals, Amy made the decision to start a foundation that provided essential medical equipment for people with spinal cord injuries who could not otherwise afford it.
Six months after Amy’s injury, on December 27th 2014, she launched Amy’s Army and the Amy Van Dyken Foundation. Amy’s Army is a group of individuals including donors, employees and friends of the Amy Van Dyken Foundation who have united to become a powerful ally for those with spinal cord injuries.
We asked Amy for an update on Amy’s Army and where things are headed. “Since that date [of the launch] we have had over 200 people ask for applications for our help. We have raised over $30,000. Of that, 99% goes directly to help people with SCI. We don’t have salaries, so we can help more people with the donations. We are getting ready to have some fun and exciting events!”
Those numbers really speak to the need that exists in the SCI community. If you’d like to learn about SCI and what is happening with research to help find a cure, you are newly injured and want to see videos of people with SCI doing amazing things, you’d like information on Amy’s Army and Amy’s Army events, you’d like to donate or purchase a shirt to show your support, please visit www.amyvandyken.org.
To watch Angel MedFlight’s documentary of Amy’s medical flight, please visit My Real Life Moment®: Amy Van Dyken.