40 Years Strong

Friendly Wheels, Issue 92
October 2015

A Place for Hope with Amigo Owner James Shepherd

James Shepherd, a proud Amigo owner, understands first hand the long road to recovery after serious injury.

 James and his family have dedicated most of their lives to building a place made for more than just recovery; where people with disabilities can receive more than medical care. Above all, James and his family have founded a place that brings hope.

After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1973, James began a backpacking trip around the world. While body surfing off the coast of Rio de Janiero, James struck the bottom of the ocean, injuring his spinal cord. The accident left him paralyzed from the neck down at 22 years old.

 

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James spent five weeks in a Brazilian hospital before returning to the United States. Wanting the best for their son, the Shepherd searched for a rehabilitiation treatment facilities not only in Georgia, but in the entire southeast corner of the country.

Fortunately, the Shepherd family found a facility in Colorado specializing in spinal cord injury. After six months of rehab and hard work, James regained the ability to walk with a cane and assisted leg brace.

After returning to Gergia, the Shepherds made it their mission to create a rehabilitation center for others like James. With the help of friends and the support of David Webb, Chairman of President Carter's White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals, the Shepherd Center was founded in 1975 as a six-bed rehab facility.

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40 years later, the Shepherd center is now a 152 bed facility where over 9,000 patients were seen last year alone between Shepherd's inpatient and outpatient programs.

 

Through the pursuit of a dream, James transformed his experience in Brazil into a place where hope still continues to live.

 

It is truly amazing to see how far James and his family have taken the Shepherd Center in just 40 years. We couldn't be more proud of the work James is doing and to have him as part of the Amigo family.


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News Flash

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

Friendly Wheels, Issue 122

July 2018

In a time of crisis, it may be reassuring to know that there is another family that's experienced a similar situation: the Shepherds. James Shepherd and his mother founded the Shepherd Center, a not-for-profit hospital located in Atlanta, Georgia specializing spinal cord injury rehabilitation, in 1975 in response to an accident James endured as a young man. Learn more about his family's inspiring story.

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

Friendly Wheels, Issue 121

June 2018

Carrie Rostollan, a longtime member of the Amigo family, recently visited our Bridgeport facility for the Amigo Mobility Center open house. She shared with us some of her upcoming summer plans and entertained us with her magic tricks! Discover more about Carrie's 'magical' adventures.

How Writing Helped One Amigo Owner Connect

How Writing Helped One Amigo Owner Connect

Friendly Wheels, Issue 120

May 2018

Last summer Sister Karen Zielinski came to visit us at our headquarters in Bridgeport, Michigan. Sister Karen is a Sister of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio. Be sure to check out the Sisters' online store and learn more about Sister Karen.

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