SCORE Grant Profiles

Jake Rusczek

Injury: Dislocation of C-5/6 vertebrae
Cause: Ice hockey accident
Place: Fitchburg, MA
Date: October 29, 1999

Jake and his Bantam hockey team were competing in the Massachusetts State Tournament when he became entangled with another player and fell into the boards. During a collision with the boards Jake suffered a spinal cord injury.

While Jake initially had limited functionality below his upper chest, gradually he has recovered muscle control and sensation. With good fortune and hard work Jake is able to walk short distances with only a cane. SCORE was pleased to support the ongoing rehabilitation efforts of Jake with a grant.