To help those living with a spinal cord injury improve their quality of life TODAY by providing goods and services which can help make a difference in someone’s IMMEDIATE situation.
WHAT WE DO
Unfortunately, insurance often fails to provide individuals with the tools they need to truly improve their quality of life. Getting Back Up exists to help bridge that gap.
We provide qualified individuals with funding for participation in EXERCISE-BASED RECOVERY PROGRAMS and the purchase of ADAPTABLE PRODUCTS. These programs and products have been proven to greatly improve the physical and emotional well-being of the injured individual.
WHY WE DO IT
Getting Back Up was founded in 2011 by Scott Fedor after he sustained a complete spinal cord injury in July 2009 as a result of a diving accident.
While living in a nursing home all of his physical therapy services were discontinued by his insurance. He was left to rely on the generosity of others to get the therapy services and products he needed to continue on his road to recovery. Scott founded Getting Back Up to help others get the support they need.
A group of individuals committed to helping others:
A diving accident left Scott with a broken neck, completely paralyzing him from the shoulders down. Never one to “sit still” he dedicated himself to raising awareness for spinal cord injuries and seeking to help others in similar situations. Scott’s drive to make a difference led to the creation of Getting Back Up.
Prior to his injury, Scott had a successful marketing career. He has a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University, where he also studied Mandarin Chinese; and an M.B.A. from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He serves on the Board of Directors for LEAP, a nonprofit that helps those with disabilities.
Will is a Vice President with Forest City Enterprises. He serves on Forest City’s Inter-Company Sustainability Council and also served as a founding member of Pittsburgh’s esteemed River Life Task Force, including his role on the Urban Design Committee and Acting Co-chair of the Programming Committee.
An architect by education, Will has more than 25 years of real estate development experience. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University of Ohio. Will as an avid musician and songwriter. He is married and has two children.
Chris joined the Air Force at the onset of the first Gulf War, and was stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He was part of the Presidential support team, refueling Air Force One on the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. He suffered a diving injury, leaving him a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down.
Today, he is a peer counselor for veterans living with spinal cord injuries. He and his wife own and operate, Buckeye Wellness Center, a spinal cord fitness facility designed to maximize recovery, health, and fitness levels for people living with spinal cord injuries. They are parents to one child.
Getting Back Up is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designated by the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions made to it are fully tax-deductible. The organization is funded solely through private donations and operates on a minimal annual budget with oversight by a voluntary Board of Directors.
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