"When doctors told Matt Helm he would never walk again, they forgot to measure his heart."

THE ROAD TO VICTORY

ABOUT

HOPE FOR HELM WAS ORIGINALLY FOUNDED AS A GRASSROOTS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT, MOTIVATE AND PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MATT HELM AND HIS FAMILY AFTER A DEVASTATING INJURY LEFT HIM PARALYZED.

Matt Helm was born and raised in Downingtown, PA, and is known for being an exceptional person and a tremendous athlete. Matt’s courage inspired his family and friends to create Hope for Helm. 

In September 2014, Matt was injured in an ocean kayaking accident while on family vacation in the Outer Banks, just one month after welcoming his son into the world. Matt was immediately airlifted to a nearby hospital to receive emergency surgery on his T12 vertebrae. Although the operation was a great success, the accident left Matt paralyzed from the waist down and doctors told him he would never walk again.

 

Refusing to accept his diagnosis of spending life in a chair, but maxed out on insurance and rehabilitation options, Matt's journey  and "never quit" attitude ultimately led him to pursue outside-the-box, athletic-based physical training. After two years

training out of state with his wife Lindsay, son Hunter, and rescue mutt Finn, he and Lindsay returned home to Downingtown, PA to create their own fitness center and offer adaptive training to others who have experienced similar hardships in life.

HOPE FOR HELM IS NOW A CHARITABLE FOUNDATION TO PAY IT FORWARD AND HELP OTHERS WHO WANT TO DEFY THE ODDS AND PURSUE POSSIBILITY, TOO.

​​At Stand Strong Training Center, Matt now leads the charge in helping others just like him work hard to beat the odds and stay strong despite Life's toughest circumstances. He has helped clients with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, stroke recovery, and other debilitating circumstances not only get stronger, but build confidence, increase quality of life, and find HOPE.

The road to rehab is long, hard, and costly for individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and diagnoses. Hope for Helm supports these individuals on their recovery journey with scholarships for training and other financial assistance.

We'd love to have you be a part of the Hope for Helm community as we pay it forward and look to inspire, motivate, and provide HOPE to others in their time of need.

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DONATE

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND DONATIONS.

 

Donations are always accepted and welcomed. Hope for Helm will use your generous donation to help pay for training scholarships and other supports for individuals and families affected by catastrophic injuries or medical diagnoses. Hope for Helm is recognized as a 509(a)(2) public charity, and all donations are tax deductible.

To make an online donation, please use the button or QR Code below and you will be taken to a secure site to make a donation by credit card or PayPal. Please email hopeforhelm@gmail.com to make a donation by check.

All donations are tax deductible.

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MESSAGE

DEAR FAMILY & FRIENDS,

 

Thank you so much for your love, support, kindness, enthusiasm and generosity.  We are beyond grateful

and blessed to have you all in our lives.  You help us stand strong and move forward every single day.

WITH LOVE,
Matt, Lindsay, Hunter and Finnigan

 

CONTACT

For any questions or media inquiries, please email us at hopeforhelm@gmail.com