Weʼve raised £4,367 to help fund Olympic gold medalist David Smiths rehabilitation programme at Neurokinex and any further treatment he may need.
- Aviemore, United Kingdom
- Funded on Saturday, 26th November 2016
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After years of problems and missing out on the 2006 Winter Olympics by the smallest margin, a routine physio session discovered an abnormal reaction in his neck. Further tests were arranged which would lead to the discovery of a spinal cord tumour which was crushing his spinal cord.
His first surgery in May 2010 involved cutting into his spinal cord, removing three vertebrae, bypassing his voicebox and rebuilding his neck with metal cages and screws. After this surgery to remove the tumour he then developed a blood clot and woke up completely paralysed. He was rushed back into hospital to undergo more life-saving surgery. During a month in hospital where he had to learning to walk again, from his bed David started his rehab using only his mind, he visualized training.
After just 5 months out of hospital he was back in a boat, rowing over 170km a week and went on to win Gold in the mixed coxed four during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
In September David found out that the tumour was growing back for the third time. This time the Rio Olympics were in his sight and he decided to postpone any surgery to represent team GB in cycling. Sadly this was not possible. In January 2016 an MRI scan showed that there was a bleed inside the tumour and that if surgery was not carried out this time the outcome would be fatal.
Unfortunately this recent surgery has been a lot more serious. David has no left arm function and is still building up the strength to get on a bike, run and walk. Rehab is a tough 4 hours everyday at NeuroKinex and the monthly costs would blow you away! David is making amazing progress at the centre but sadly is having to fund this along with everyday living costs himself and is using his own savings to do so.
Please help us to help David fund the best possible rehab and any future treatment he may require.
You can learn more about David and his phenomenal story via Facebook/David-Andrew-Smith-Athlete and his website www.davidasmith.co.uk
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Nov 7, 2016
Sorry we haven't made it to any events, well done to all who've put such an effort; Dave is incredible! Xxx
Nov 6, 2016
The takings from a wee grass roots hill race in Kingussie, over Creag Bheag, with best wishes for the recovery we all wish for.
Evening Of Mediumship Stevie Trisha 28th
Nov 3, 2016
The Big Evening Of Mediumship at the Carrbridge hotel on the 28th of October.
Oct 30, 2016
Brilliant cause, best of luck :D
Oct 24, 2016
Had a small craft fayre at Carrbridge Golf Club on Sunday and we decided to donate some of the raffle money to this cause...Go David xxx
Oct 19, 2016
Hope you reach the target amount. All the very best to David.
Oct 17, 2016
Doing my small part for Dave ..hope we can get him to the Olympics xx
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