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אל: קרן ישראל לנפגעי חוט שדרה

My name is Aviad Ohayon and I’m 24 years old. When I was 19, I was a student at the Pre-Army College in Atzmona, Gush Katif.

On March 7, 2002, a terrorist managed to infiltrate the campus and began shooting all over the place. I got a bullet in my leg and some grenade shrapnel penetrated my spine. That paralyzed me from the waist down and I’ve been in a wheelchair ever since.

After lengthy hospitalization in critical condition, it took me six months of intensive rehab at Tel HaShomer Hospital to learn how to cope and acclimatize to my new situation. My life changed dramatically and I had to learn how to cope with the simplest daily tasks over and over again. Even now, I still go to the hospital twice a week for physiotherapy.

It took me a while but I began studying at Bar-Ilan University. I finished my Biotechnology degree this year and I’ve started a Masters in Computational Biology. In my spare time I enjoy riding my special bike. I used to swim too and even won a few medals at the Israeli swimming championships. Yet despite my determination and achievements, not a day goes by that I don’t pray to be able to stand on my own two feet again.

For me and many others like me, the Israeli Foundation for Spinal Cord Injuries is a light at the end of a very long tunnel. Because the IFSCI offers a rare opportunity for hope that one day I and many many others will literally be able to stand on our own two feet. I thank the fund and all its supporters from the very bottom of my heart.”

Aviad Ohayon, injured in a terrorist attack in 2002.