Triumph Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals with Spinal Cord Injury triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to
get better every day.
Triumph Foundation works to minimize the obstacles that one faces after suffering Spinal Cord Injury. We specialize in galvanizing and restoring lives after Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Our organization serves children, adults, and Veterans.
The cornerstone of our outreach is giving newly injured people Care Baskets that are like tool-kits which provide information and resources about the many organizations, assistance programs, and activities that exist to help people with an SCI with their new beginning and to enable them to keep living their lives to the fullest potential.
We are also involved within the SCI community by taking leadership roles in support groups, helping people plan home modifications for wheelchair accessibility, assisting people with financial constraints to get needed equipment, supplies and services through our Keep Moving Forward grant program, expanding Disabled Sports & Fitness opportunities, and providing mentorship & advocacy.
Triumph Foundation promotes maximizing recovery & return of function through regular exercise, living a healthy lifestyle, focusing on independence, and keeping a positive attitude.
Andrew and Kirsten Skinner are Triumph Foundation's founders.
Andrew suffered a C4, C5, & C6 Spinal Cord Injury in 2004 and is a recovering quadriplegic. Kirsten was with Andrew at the time of his injury and has been with him every step of the way. They are now married...
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What does Triumph Foundation do to help people with a Spinal Cord Injury?
Our activities consist primarily of educating people who have suffered SCI about the many organizations, assistance programs, activities, and pieces of equipment that exist to help them keep living their lives to the fullest potential. We provide solutions.
After suffering a SCI most people find themselves lost in a world they never planned to be a part of. The lack of understanding of what is in store for them often leads to feelings of fear, hopelessness, and despair. These are normal responses to the unknown, and they affect not only the injured but their families, friends, and loved ones. Triumph Foundation helps people to persevere by helping make the unknown known.
With a servant's heart, we reach out to the SCI community by:
Triumph Foundation's purpose is to make the road to recovery easier for people with SCI. We constantly work to stay updated on the latest & greatest news, advancements, and programs that can have an impact on someone with a SCI.
Triumph Foundation gives Care Baskets to people who are newly injured in the hospital. The Care Baskets include educational materials on Spinal Cord Injury, magazines about SCI, information on assistance programs, equipment catalogs, books, and other resources to help people with SCI rebuild their life. The baskets also include small gift items and goodies like candies, sweets, donated items, gift cards, t-shirts and other things that might help lift one's spirits. Please contact us if you or someone you know can benefit from one of our Care Baskets.
Triumph Foundation sponsors individual's recovery from spinal cord injury by determining needs and helping to find solutions. We know that sometimes a simple item or service will enable someone to live a more functional independent life, but financial strains keep it out of reach. Triumph helps bridge that gap. We pair individuals with sponsors who can help meet their needs; we have a Fundraising Partnership where we team up with an individual to raise funds for specific items or services; we have an Equipment & Supply Exchange program where we help find a home for old, used, and extra equipment & supplies and arrange for it to be given to people who are in need; we loan items to people to increase independence and functionality; and we provide financial assistance through our Keep Moving Forward Grant program. Contact us for application instructions.
Triumph Foundation has founded and taken leadership roles in SCI Support Groups. We are involved in weekly networking groups to keep our finger on the pulse of the SCI community, to stay updated on the needs and challenges of people with SCI in order to provide solutions.
Our goal is to minimize the obstacles that people face after suffering a Spinal Cord Injury. One challenge that many people face after being injured is wheelchair accessibility at home. Most people never plan to spend a large part of their life using a wheelchair, so they are not prepared to deal with the challenges of accessibility that that requires. Triumph helps people with planning, consulting, referrals, and at times, performing accessible remodels. We know that having access; is having freedom and independence.
We help people participate in recreational activities. Too often, people in wheelchairs live a life of sedentary. Many activities seem impossible when you’re first injured. But there are lots of programs that help people with disabilities participate in outdoor adventures. Our Adapted Sports & Recreation Program makes activities like riding handcycles, target shooting, hiking, surfing, snow skiing, water skiing, boating, and flying achievable for people with physical disabilities. Our goal is to expand adaptive sports, fitness, recreation, and outdoor adventure opportunities to people living in the Southern California disabled community. Our program includes competitive sports like quad rugby, basketball, baseball, tennis, racquetball, and hockey; we organize games, sport clinics, and festivals; and we promote health & wellness activities, exercise instruction, and fitness awareness.
Triumph Foundation promotes the belief that exercise is medicine; that living a healthy lifestyle is an important part of every individual's life, but particularly in the life of a disabled individual; and that staying fit is essential to recovery and to avoiding secondary complications.
Triumph Foundation partners with people to rebuild their lives by offering mentorship and troubleshooting for the issues and struggles those with SCI encounter. We advocate for people with SCI. We understand that people with disabilities must be assertive at times. People in wheelchairs must stand up for themselves. Triumph Foundation helps people understand their rights, and acts as an activist when they need help or advice.
We specialize in motivating and inspiring people to live a life of purpose. Triumph has been a featured presenter at the Ventura County Police & Sheriff Academy, elementary & high schools, physical therapy facilities, churches, clubs, and businesses. Contact us if you would like to have Triumph speak to your organization.
Triumph Foundation educates the community about SCI, about people living with disabilities, about inclusiveness, and about dealing with life challenges. We help spread social awareness about spinal cord Injury and the special needs of individuals who use wheelchairs and who are otherwise differently-abled.
Triumph Foundation helps those affected by SCI find the road to recovery. We offer empathy and encouragement as they reconstruct their lives. The challenges of paralysis are not just physical; they are also mental and emotional. And they must be met head on. The mind is the body's most powerful muscle and it is still very much intact after SCI. A positive attitude is the first step toward recovery.
Triumph motivates those with Spinal Cord Injury to persevere and to stay strong. Maximizing recovery and working to regain strength, mobility and independence is what everyone with SCI should be focused on. Triumph subscribes to the belief that exercise is medicine; a healthy diet and lifestyle is an essential part of recovery; and living life to its fullest potential is the ultimate goal after suffering SCI.
Having a Spinal Cord Injury may be a detour in life, but it is not a roadblock. One must push to get better every day. The only way to succeed is to keep trying. Small successes quickly add up and turn into big successes and lead to major accomplishments. Our goal is universal: to be better tomorrow than you are today.
Triumph Foundation helps people with SCI achieve their goals by partnering with them and acting as advocates and consultants. Although it is easy for someone to feel alone and isolated after suffering such a traumatic injury, they are not alone. We have created a network of people who have triumphed over their SCI to get candid advice from. We provide straight talk from others who have faced similar circumstances and have overcome similar struggles.