I have fond memories of Kessler. As a child, my father would drive me to the Kessler Institute near East Orange, New Jersey, every six months to be fitted for prosthesis. It brings up memories good and bad. I had to have plaster casts made of my limbs each time, which included sawing off of the cast. I hated the saw – think dentist drill time 10!
My dad would always stop at Howard Johnson’s on the way and we had Pistachio Ice Cream – hah! I went to my first Yankee game at Yankee Stadium on one trip in September 1978 – yes the same 1978 when the Yankees came back from a 14.5 game deficit in July. Reggie Jackson and Lou Pinella hit back-to-back HR’s that night against Milwaukee! Take that bad memory.
Today, I love Kessler. They support Our Ability – yes and I am forever grateful. They changed my life, yes. But, it is the wonderful work they are doing today with traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury and various other disability related supportive services including employment.
I was honored to speak to the employees of Kessler Foundation last week. I had a wonderful time. Thank you, again and keep up the great work.