SCI CAN Foundation

SCI CAN presents check to Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation.

Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation received a check for $27,654 from the SCI CAN Foundation for the purchase of a RT300 rehabilitation bike.  The RT300 rehabilitation bike benefits people with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders.

“It is a tremendous opportunity to have the RT300 rehabilitation bike in a rural area where patients may not otherwise have access to the advanced technology or specialized equipment without traveling,” says Jennessa Luzum, OTR/L, occupational therapist at Winneshiek Medical Center and member of the SCI CAN Foundation Board.  Luzum explains that the RT300 rehabilitation bike may be appropriate for anyone with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, recovering from a stroke, multiple sclerosis, or brain injuries

The SCI CAN (Spinal Cord Injury, Christopher Anderson Norton) Foundation began after Chris Norton was severely injured during a Luther College football game in 2010.  Norton was given a 3 percent chance of regaining movement below his neck, but he defied the odds and is regaining movement throughout his body.

Through his recovery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, then continued therapy in Decorah, Norton became aware of the need for specific therapy equipment for individuals with spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders.  To respond to this need, Norton began the SCI CAN Foundation, with the initial fund-raising event held in Decorah in late September, 2012.  Norton announced the first grant award would be to Winneshiek Medical Center for the purchase of a RT300 rehabilitation bike.