The journey back to an active life

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Michelle Schmitt has always loved being active and spending time outdoors. She was enjoying both in August 2015 when life took an unexpected turn. Michelle was a passenger on a two-person ATV that crashed, causing a spinal cord injury and partial paralysis. Michelle could no longer walk, and she faced a long road to regain her independence.
After two years of rehab out of town, Michelle discovered the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center. Thanks to supporters like YOU, Michelle found the high quality services she needed close to home, right here in Evansville.

Michelle started working with her Easterseals physical therapist and began achieving new goals. “She’s no-nonsense and pushes me with encouragement,” Michelle said. The Easterseals Rehabilitation Center also helped Michelle and her husband plan modifications to make their home more accessible.
Michelle is an extremely hard worker and has made exceptional gains in strength and balance. She can now stand from a sitting position, and can walk more than 700 feet using a walker. She also recently walked up a stairway during therapy - a major achievement! She is determined to stand independently without support, and to keep walking farther and faster.
Michelle is also achieving other goals for independence. After two years away from the workforce, Michelle’s progress at Easterseals helped her return to full-time employment. “I now work full time at Old National Bank in marketing, while still going to therapy twice a week!”

Because of caring people like YOU, thousands of local children and adults are traveling their own roads to independence. THANK YOU for paving the way!

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