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Clif’s Story

November 30th, 2020

Clif’s entire perspective of the world was changed after being in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Through rehabilitation in therapy and the Fitness Center at Turnstone, he is working every day towards his goal of walking once again.

After his hospitalization, Clif found himself in a nursing home where he didn’t have the equipment and resources needed to reach his ultimate goal of walking. Knowing Clif’s ambition, a nurse suggested Turnstone for additional fitness support and Clif quickly signed up for a Fitness Center consultation.

Clif was excited to find a state-of-the-art facility at Turnstone designed specifically for people with disabilities. In Turnstone’s Fitness Center, he found the necessary equipment and specially trained professionals to help him work towards his goal. It wasn’t long until Clif began celebrating victories such as improved strength and endurance, largely because of his workouts.

Clif credits the quality of Turnstone’s Fitness Center to the unique combination of accessible equipment and trained staff. He says adaptable fitness equipment serves no purpose without the right personnel to train you on how to use it.

“The personal training that I was receiving complimented my physical therapy and I was well on my way to reaching my goal,” said Clif. “I attribute that success to the strength training that I was doing at Turnstone.”

Then COVID-19 threatened his progress. Once Turnstone was able to reopen its physical doors to clients again, Clif was able to resume his training, now trying to make up for lost time during Quarantine.

Spending more time at home due to the pandemic, Clif is grateful to have access to Turnstone’s Fitness Center once again. As a self-identified rehabilitating quadriplegic, everything in Clif’s daily life is centered around his goal of walking once again and it is essential to his progress to have access to Turnstone’s facility.

“Being able to come here is a lifesaver. I continued working out at home during Quarantine, but it’s not the same, you have to have assistance when you’re in my predicament. There is a lot that I want to do but I am not able to do by myself,” said Clif.

As a non-profit organization, Turnstone relies on the community for donations that ensure its doors stay open. And with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, this kind of support is more critical than ever. Your support of Turnstone’s mission helps people like Clif build a foundation for reaching their goals and living their life. Simply put, without Turnstone’s Fitness Center and staff, Clif would not have access to the support and resources he needs to one day walk again.


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