In 1999, Tessa’s brother, Xavier Horan, became a paraplegic after suffering a spinal cord injury in an automobile accident. In recent years new technology has been developed by a handful of companies to create a wearable robotic device that allows people with a spinal cord injury (as well as MS, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, and stroke complications) to stand upright, walk, turn, and even to climb and descend stairs. After two years of dedication to fundraising, Xavier was recently gifted with the ReWalk device by the Shoong Foundation. Having reached our goal, the Tessa Foundation has moved into the difficult but rewarding phase of training, both in the gym and walking in the device. We have been in dialogue with the hospital about their acquisition of a similar robotic device and outreach efforts in the local community to offer education and use of the machine.
P.O. Box 8751
Santa Fe, NM 87504