This week, I want to tell you about an amazing foundation. It is
called the Michael DeStefano Foundation. Michael DeStefano and his
family have been such a wonderful inspiration to our AOM clinic
every Tuesday morning that I feel compelled to share their
Mike (yellow shirt) with his mother Debbie (scarf)
Michael was born and raised in Addison, Illinois, a suburb just
west of Chicago. Mike and his older brother, Nick, have developed a
strong friendship. Mike is an enthusiastic sports fan and top-notch
athlete. His parents, Pete and Debbie, are loving and devoted
parents who taught Michael the values of being loyal, caring,
family-oriented, and dedicated.
During his summer break from Illinois State University in 2009,
Michael's life tragically changed. While riding home from work with
a friend, an unexplainable auto accident occurred, which left Mike
clinging to life and suffering from traumatic brain injury.
Throughout a long and arduous process, Mike has continued to
improve and his recovery has surprised even his doctors, although
he still has a long road ahead of him.
Photos from michaeladestefanofoundation.org
After the accident, the Michael A. DeStefano Foundation was
created. The goal of the foundation is to provide advocacy for
families who have suffered many hardships as a result of a family
member who has traumatic brain injuries.
Michael's mom Debbie has spoken at many events. She spoke to our
senior acupuncture seminar class at National University of Health
Sciences last trimester.
The foundation is planning a fundraiser in 2014. If you would
like more information about the Michael DeStefano Foundation, you
can like them on Facebook or go directly to their website: michaeladestefanofoundation.org.
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and have a great week!