Mission of the Foundation
The Obie Harrington-Howes Foundation is “dedicated to maintaining and improving quality of life by providing grants to individuals with spinal cord injuries.” A 501© (3) organization, it was originally established by members of the Darien community in response to Obie’s spinal-cord injury in a swimming accident on July 4, 1997, which left him paralyzed.
The Foundation helps regional residents with spinal cord injuries cover non-reimbursable medical expenses. Many people living with spinal-cord injuries reach a point where insurance is exhausted and state or federal funds are no longer available. We help bridge the gap between that point and the next level of independence.
Since 1998 the Foundation has funded:
. Wheelchairs, including sports wheelchairs
. Assorted durable medical equipment
. Computers and printers
. Tuition assistance
. Therapeutic leg braces
. Exercise equipment for rehabilitation
. Donations towards the purchase of vehicles facilitating return to work or school
. Computerized speech augmentation devices
. Minor home renovations
. Door openers