Charity Collection: 'Smile' Bracelet for The MW Fund
For January we'll be supporting The MW Fund, an organization created by Matt Wetherbee after he suffered a significant spinal cord injury while playing pick up basketball with his friends. After his injury, Matt spent two months at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by three months at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital working on his recovery before he was able to go home.
Although he remains paralyzed below his shoulders, Matt has made huge progress since his injury. This progress was due in part to his four-times weekly therapy at Journey Forward, a non-profit facility in Canton, MA that serves clients with SCIs.
Matt launched the MW Fund when he realized how important it was for those living with SCI to have access to daily exercise and therapy. Once leaving a rehab hospital and being discharged from outpatient therapy, insurance often does not cover the cost of exercise facilities specializing in SCI (typically costing a minimum of $100 per hour). This is difficult for most to afford given the extra costs associated with SCI, which is why the sole mission of the MW Fund is to award scholarships to deserving individuals in order to offset these financial burdens.
When you purchase a piece from this month's charity collection, you'll be supporting The MW Fund's efforts to provide those scholarships. 50% of the proceeds from each piece will be donated directly to The MW Fund - thank you for your support!
About this piece: Matt (and his fiancé Kaitlyn) have decided to focus on the positive in this situation and have continued to have an optimistic, upbeat attitude - which inspires others to smile and do the same.