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Press Release – April 9, 2014

WorldCause Foundation Provides Girl, 18, With Easy Stand – Glider Paralysis Therapy Machine

WorldCause Foundation Provides Girl, 18, With Easy Stand – Glider Paralysis Therapy Machine

WorldCause Foundation is proud to announce the successful conclusion to its most recent outreach initiative, providing a state of the art paralysis exercise machine for Jazzmin Pelchutte, age 18. During the summer of 2014, Jazzmin suffered from a life- altering event which occurred right before the beginning of her college career. At the time, Jazzmin was partaking in dual enrollment classes at Florida International University , working as a lifeguard, and volunteering for a local social service agency, along with completing her last two high school credits.

Her plans came to a sudden halt when she was diagnosed with an extremely rare disease called NeuroMyelitis Optica (NMO) on July 11th 2013. NMO is an autoimmune disorder with an unknown cause. Jazzmin suffered an exceptionally severe seizure rendering her quadriplegic, blind in both eyes, and intubated. She battled for her life for the first seventeen days following this severe seizure. According to her father Tim, even after regaining consciousness, Jazzmin suffered just to take a breath.

Slowly, her vision began to return in one eye. Mobility in her arms soon followed, and after ten weeks Jazzmin gained full mobility of her arms and could feel more of the upper half of her body. Although there is no consistency with the return of functions with this disease, Jazzmin and her therapists at Jackson Memorial Hospital are hopeful and confident she will once again regain mobility of her legs.

The Miami Herald WishBook Department provided WorldCause Foundation with Jazzmin's contact information, and WorldCause agreed to cover all costs and provide her with a specialized therapy machine called the Easy Stand Glider.

According to the Easy Glide website the machine provides active standing which allows for lower body range of motion and upper body strengthening. Unlike passive standers, the active standing Glider allows users to move the handles with their arms (or a caregiver can assist) which creates a reciprocal movement in the legs. This advanced active stander enhances the medical benefits of standing and keeps the body in shape for medical breakthroughs. Numerous research studies suggest that use of an active standing frame can positively affect an individual's health.

In fact, more and more rehab departments are using the Glider with individuals that have spinal cord injuries, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological disorders.

The machine was delivered by T.D. Medical to Jazzmin's residence March 31st, 2013 and assembled in a spare bedroom so she could immediately begin to exercise and experience the benefits. Jazzmin is very excited to be able to use this machine which will help out on her road to recovery. With her courageous spirit and undeterred work ethic, Jazzmin plans to workout everyday towards her goal of eventually gaining mobility and walking again.

WorldCause Foundation would like to thank the Miami Herald Wishbook Department, T.D. Medical Supply, Jazzmin's therapists at Jackson Memorial, and Jazzmin & family for all working together to accomplish this outreach goal. More information on the Easy Stand Glider can be viewed by visiting WorldCause Foundation paid a visit to the family and photos of this visit can be seen by clicking the image at the top. We will continue to provide updates as Jazzmin makes progress in her quest to walk once again.