Shepherd Center Co-Founder James Shepherd Expresses his Gratitude this Holiday Season
While I often find myself feeling especially grateful this time of year, it’s the day-in-and-day-out, all-year-long dedication, support and love shown by Shepherd Center’s staff, donors, volunteers and partners that make possible this community that we’ve built together.
For that, I am always thankful.
I am also grateful for the trust placed in us by the families whose lives we become a part of during some of the most trying times in their lives. It’s a responsibility we are honored to have. Thank you for your faith in us.
At Shepherd Center, we believe everyone deserves to find their way back to living life to the fullest after a life-changing health event. Life can be reclaimed with hope, independence and dignity. The patients – current and former – that we hear from at events, out in the community, or on social media and the thousands more we have the privilege of caring for each year, are living proof that it’s possible.
Every year, as the Shepherd Center family pulls together toward our common vision, I am amazed and so proud of the progress we make. This year – and those to follow – are no exception. We are excited about our plan to better serve our patients and families by providing more family housing in the coming years. We know from decades of experience that having loved ones nearby while you recover can make a world of difference. In fact, it’s in the DNA of Shepherd Center’s Genesis story. Having my family near as I completed rehabilitation after sustaining a spinal cord injury made all the difference. In turn, our family wanted to provide that benefit for others. Your continued belief in our dream makes it possible for us all to see beyond injury.
As I reflect on the past year, I am also thankful that we often hear from patients that at Shepherd Center they feel supported enough to challenge themselves within our walls and beyond. They choose to believe the best is yet to be.
This Thanksgiving, thank you to everyone in the Shepherd Center family for making that possible. It is truly heartening what we can accomplish when we work together and believe in ourselves and each other.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 743 inpatients, 277 day program patients and more than 7,161 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.