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Rachael Needs Your Help

Family and friends of Rachael Short are raising money to pay for uninsured medical expenses associated with her Spinal Cord Injury that left her a quadriplegic in 2010. Specifically, home modifications, in home physical therapy and ongoing caregiving expenses.

Updates (7)

November 22, 2019

Well it has been 9 years since my injury and i’m not sure how I feel about that, it seems fast but also seems like a lifetime ago. I have finally moved after what feels like forever of wondering where I would go. This has forced me to go through boxes that were packed at the time of my accident, boxes I put away and never wanted to go through. Any note I hand wrote I want to keep, remembering how simple and easy it once was to write a letter. Time to say goodbye to the camera gear, the surfboards, the snowboard, the camping gear… memories from a different life, and now it is time to “Marie Kondo” this stuff, thank these items for the joy they brought me and let them go. Saying goodbye to my truck was especially hard, and it’s so silly to be attached to a truck but it represented so much more, it’s time to let that go too. Letting these things go and moving on does make me feel better, it’s ok, everything will be fine, just different. It has been 9 years! It’s time…

With all the distractions from the move it has been hard to focus on my body but everyday I make sure I get standing, stretch it out and try to breathe. It has almost been 6 months since the move, I still don’t have a bathroom sink (and had 2 months with no indoor shower!) but I nearly have my greenhouse turned gym put back together and my dream cottage is finally feeling like home.

This was a long process and took the help of many to make my new place accessible. I couldn’t have done it without the people who donated to my fundraiser last fall and the many people who put in days and hours of hard work. Thank you!

March 26, 2019

Dear Friends,

This year I have 5 full marathon runners (my most ever) and 20 relay runners hitting Highway 1 on Sunday, April 28th in part of the Big Sur Marathon. My runners have been training hard and raising funds for my ongoing care and rehab. I don’t know where I would be without this annual fundraiser and the continued support from such an amazing community. I can’t say thank you enough! So I will say thank you again for your support over the years and your continued support.

Thank you for BEing the light, Rachael


May 1, 2019

Be the Light Share the Blessings

Cara Nason

April 28, 2019

Good luck!!!

Ron Ehlenberger

December 4, 2018

Wishing you all the best with your move Rachael!!! We send good wishes your way. With Much Love- Joe, Wendy, Griffin & Charlotte

Wendy & Joe Burnett

December 2, 2018

Go Rachel!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edward C STOTZ, Jr. Edward C STOTZ, Jr.