William prides himself on his independence. For many years, he was the
owner/operator of Roland’s Heating and Cooling in Lavergne, Tennessee. In
addition to the repair and installation of central heating and cooling systems,
Roland’s also performed air & water systems balancing, air duct cleaning, boiler
installation and repair and more.
William had an MVA in 2015 on the way home from a long day of work!
As a result of the accident, William sustained a C6 spinal injury. An injury at this
level typically yields wrist control, but no finger control. For a number of years, William was in a nursing home, but did not like it. His daughter Chelsea told me
that William is a very positive individual, and that he told her that he only needs the
right resources in order to gain more independence. Chelsea lives in a small town in
Georgia, and decided to move her dad in with her. He asked his daughter not to give
up on him because he was not going to give up on himself. He found out about our
foundation through the United Spinal Association, and applied for a grant for
rehabilitation gloves. (Joe is a blog writer for the North Texas chapter of this
organization) Because they live in a small town, proximity to physical therapy is an
issue, as is the cost of ongoing therapy. These type of gloves help to “reprogram” the
brain after neurological damage, helping patients reverse damage and restore
mobility. The goal with these gloves is to not only help make the hand functional
again, but also minimize joint damage and pain.
The foundation was able to fulfill William’s request because of all your generosity!
After receiving the gloves, his daughter Chelsea told me, “Amazing is an
understatement! Thank you all so much. I will try to get a video of the gloves while
my dad has them on and operating for you!” Yes Chelsea, that would be amazing!