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Providence Rehabilitation Services Receives New Advanced Technology
Anchorage, AK - Hockey players in Anchorage have to come together as a team off the ice to help one of their friends and others in our state.
It all started on a Friday the 13th.
"I had this accident about a couple of years ago skiing and ended up with a spinal cord injury," said Sig Jokiel who is a Former Hockey Player.
And during his treatment Sig Jokiel found one piece of equipment particularly helpful, the RT600.
"The machine itself is for people that have difficulty walking and have spinal cord injuries right, it stimulates the nerves and the muscles and it gets people walking again," Jokiel said.
Yet there was not one here in Anchorage, that's when the hockey community skated in to help.
"The hockey community all came together and wanted to bring this piece of advanced physical therapy equipment to Alaska," said Dawn Carmichael who is the Philanthropy Officer with the Providence Alaska Foundation.
One of those hockey teammates and friends was Jim Yarmon, who came up with the idea to raise the money to buy the equipment and bring it to Alaska , and now that it's here...
"It's a very gratifying feeling to see that folks who have put their minds to it can actually come together and help not just Sig but the whole community because really the entire state can benefit from the use of that machine," Jim Yamon who is a friend and fellow hockey player of Sig Jokiel said.
The purchase of the machine was made possible by more than $80,000 raised through donations, fundraising and a matching donation from The Rasmuson Foundation.
"For all of the time that I have been here in Alaska, I have noticed that, Alaskans are generous when there is truly a need and when people can see that need, Alaskans rally together to provide a service for their own," said Carmichael.
Providence Rehabilitation services says the new equipment will not only help Sig, it will also hope approximately 150 other patients during it's first year of being used.