DANA POINT, Calif.—A new hashtag is sweeping the Dana Point area as local residents and
friends across the country rally to support one of their own. The #van4kevin campaign was
started in honor of Kevin Kroushinsky, a local surfer living with paralysis following a swimming
accident. Kevin is fundraising with the nonprofit HelpHOPELive as part of the Southwest Spinal
Cord Injury Fund to get the wheelchair van he needs to stay mobile and pursue potentially life-
changing physical therapy.
View the HelpHOPELive page in honor of Kevin or make a donation at:
Twelve years ago, Kevin dove into the ocean and hit his head. The impact left him with
quadriplegia with no use of his legs and limited use of his arms. Currently, Kevin's daily
transportation needs require the aid of local community members and friends and family. A
wheelchair van will provide a major dose of independence for Kevin, allowing him to work to
support his family and pursue the aggressive physical therapy that is helping him to strengthen
his body. This potentially life-altering therapy to regain mobility is not covered by insurance and
the massive cost must be paid out-of- pocket.
Donations can be made to HelpHOPELive at helphopelive.org via the Southwest Spinal Cord
Injury Fund in honor of Kevin Kroushinsky to help offset Kevin's out-of- pocket medical and
related costs. Can't donate online? Call 800.642.8399 to make a donation or learn how to plan a
fundraiser in honor of Kevin to help with his lifelong injury-related expenses. Use #van4kevin
when you share this story on social media.
HelpHOPELive is a national nonprofit that specializes in engaging communities in fundraising
campaigns for people who need a transplant or are affected by a catastrophic injury or illness.
Since 1983, campaigns organized by HelpHOPELive have raised over $115 million to pay