This year, through your generous support, JMB Foundation has been able to help young people with an acquired brain injury…
This year, through your generous support, JMB Foundation has been able to help young people with an acquired brain injury live better lives. Here are some of JMB Foundation’s community stories.
Hydrotherapy for Scott
Scott Harris received funding from the JMB Foundation for hydrotherapy sessions. When Scott was 18 years old, he suffered a hypoxic brain injury from cardiac arrest during a severe asthma attack, resulting in permanent disability. Scott has severely reduced mobility, is wheelchair-bound and requires 24-hour care whilst living with his parents in Ormond.
The JMB Foundation Grant Program has funded Scott’s last two rounds of hydrotherapy, helping bridge the gap between the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the cost of therapy.
Hydrotherapy provides an excellent environment for physiotherapists to aid Scott through a movement program. It enables Scott to experience buoyancy and freedom from gravity as he relaxes his high tone and spasticity. It also aids his sleep and circulation.
Scott’s parents are pleased to see after hydrotherapy he is relaxed and has a great night’s sleep. “Scott spends the majority of days in bed and in his chair, so having that time in the water is a godsend,” said his mum.
Recently, the JMB Foundation with the support of volunteers and runners attracted sponsorship for the Melbourne Marathon. Also this year, the Carey Grade 5’s market, the Carey’s ladies night and the yearly Xavier Run were well supported. On top of this, we once again received generous donations from numerous organisations and individuals.
In 2019, $131,000 was given to 15 applicants from Victoria and Queensland. Our grants have enabled these young people to benefit from extra therapy that they simply could not have managed to pay for without our assistance. We have also funded advocacy, the purchase of special equipment and made it possible for several people to have attendant care on a weekly basis, providing families to have the support they need.