Toyota Donates $300,000 to Help Open Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center
Whether or not you have personal experience with it, it’s easy to imagine how devastating a spinal cord injury can be. Veteran Romy Camargo and his family found out when he was hit by a sniper bullet during a tour of duty in Afghanistan, but rather than becoming depressed and withdrawn, Camargo and his wife Gaby decided to open Stay In Step—a non-profit recovery center for those suffering from spinal cord injuries in Tampa, Florida.
Stay In Step has strong support from the local community and from followers across the nation. In order to open, the center needed to raise a total of $750,000. Toyota was happy to help out by providing the remaining $300,000 needed, and the center officially opened on June 20th. In addition to the monetary donation, Toyota also provided Stay In Step with an accessible 2015 Toyota Sienna.
“Supporting Stay In Step is aligned with Toyota’s corporate vision to lead the way to the future of mobility and enrich lives around the world with the safest and most responsible ways of moving people,” commented Simon Nagata, Toyota Motor North America Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. “Toyota is proud to support Stay In Step and the tremendous work of Romy and Gaby.”
Stay In Step offers treatment, support, and rehabilitation for veterans and civilians who have experienced spinal cord injuries. Using emerging treatments and technologies, the center aims to instill a sense of determination in patients to help them recover as well as they possibly can.