In Loving Memory of Mr. Lau: Mr. Lau was a loving husband and father from Guam. He was in a car accident in 1989, which left him paralyzed from the neck down. Mr. Lau had the finest acute therapy in Hawaii. He and his family moved to California to obtain advanced physical therapy. Unfortunately, RVL S.C.O.R.E. was not in existence yet to offer him assistance. Once Mr. Lau arrived in California there was no availability in a well known rehab hospital, so he went to a convalescent hospital. Five months later Mr. Lauís last words to CyCy Lambert was, "Donít let this happen to anymore of our people!" Mr. Lau passed away the next evening knowing that his words helped to inspire CyCy Lambert to found RVL S.C.O.R.E.
Maxine Stewart: Maxine
is one of RVL S.C.O.R.E.ís newest recipient. She is a registered nurse
and was involved in an auto accident, which left her paralyzed from her
shoulders to her toes. Like many quadriplegics, Maxineís insurance company
told her, "Thatís it, your coverage has run out. Time to go to a nursing
home!" Much to her dismay, she ended up wherehoused in a nursing home
for the rest of her life. RVL S.C.O.R.E. got wind of this injustice and
immediately went to work. Maxine has been a recipient of ours for six months
and we are happy to announce she is currently out of the nursing home and
living a productive life in an apartment she calls home. Maxine will be
going to therapy soon as she strives to get on her feet again.
"RVL S.C.O.R.E. saved my life!" "I would of never gotten out of the nursing home without RVL S.C.O.R.E." Maxine Stewart
Eric Gibson: Eric was a victim of a violent crime and was shot in the back which left him paralyzed from the waist down in 1993. He was told by his doctors, he would never walk again and to learn how to live his life in a wheelchair. Today, Eric is learning how to walk again and has a new outlook on life after starting the PEERS Program and being an active volunteer with RVL S.C.O.R.E. "Thanks to RVL S.C.O.R.E Iím taking life one step at a time" Eric Gibson
Stan Chin: Super
Stan has been a RVL S.C.O.R.E. supporters since March of 1991. In December
of 1994, Stan had a major stroke and became paralyzed. He could not move
back into his old apartment because of stairs, so RVL S.C.O.R.E. put his
belongings in storage and helped him find an accessible apartment. Today,
thanks to God, continued therapy, and RVL S.C.O.R.E., Stan returned his
wheelchair to us and he is walking while owning and operating three reastuarants
and living a productive life in an apartment he calls home! "Thanks
to RVL S.C.O.R.E., Iím out of my wheelchair
and my future looks bright" Stan Chin
Rafael Arroyo Jr.: Rafael is the Grandson of Western Samoa High Chief Vaovasa. Rafael was a Victim of a Violent Crime. He was shot as an innocent bystander during a drive by shooting which left him paralyzed from the waist down. He is now a paraplegic needing funds for advanced physical therapy. His main goal is to walk again, anyway possible. He wants his braces so that he can participate in the 1995 LA Marathon with RVL S.C.O.R.E. Rafael sayís, "I will feel proud being able to stand up and look people directly in the eyes. Being able to stand up and walk will give me the freedom and the ability to reach up and get my own cup to get a simple glass of water." Rafael feels that through his example other Polynesians and other people will see there is always hope!
Joyce Arizumi: Joyce, one of Hawaiiís Pacific Asian island girls, once owned a successful design manufacturing Co. in Hawaii. She was thrown from a car and paralyzed from the waist down. Her business closed, but that didnít stop her from pursuing a new dream, to walk again. With the help from her family, she began her quest, where she came across RVL S.C.O.R.E. Joyce has had patience while waiting for her workmenís comp. approval, which will allow her to come to California for advanced physical therapy, because there isnít any advanced therapy available in the islands. It has been almost two years since she started this quest. Joyce sayís "I canít give up, and not continue to pursue this, they could do this to all others after me! What is wrong with wanting to be more like the whole people we were before our accidents?" Joyce feels that the information she has received from RVL S.C.O.R.E. is invaluable and she can pass it on to others to have a dominos effect. Joyce will be coming to California, in June, for continued advanced physical therapy at the PEERS Program.
Cheryl Chapman Cheryl
is a lovely young lady who is pursing her career as a cosmetologist in
Montana. Her career was put on hold after a near fatal automobile accident
in the spring of 1993, left her paralyzed from her chest to her toes. Walking,
standing, and returning to work as a cosmetologist were mere dreams to
her as she realized she was paralyzed. Cheryl began chasing her dreams
by coming to California and participating in advanced physical therapy
at the PEERS Program. RVL S.C.O.R.E. assisted Cheryl in many different
ways, but the main way was through vocational training at a local beauty
salon. Today, thanks to GOD, RVL S.C.O.R.E., and the PEERS Program, Cheryl
is walking with braces and a walker and her dreams are becoming a reality.
"RVL S.C.O.R.E. is the heart of caring. They were
always there for me in times of question" Cheryl
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