Professional football players Eric Decker (left) of the Denver Broncos, and Ryan Harris (right) of the Houston Texans, visit Kenzie Gorden, of Lake City, at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., a suburb of Denver. Gorden was paralyzed in a 2012 crash but is slowly regaining the ability to move her legs. She will spend most of June and July at the hospital for an intense, specialized program to help her walk again.
Professional football players Eric Decker (left) of the Denver Broncos, and Ryan Harris (right) of the Houston Texans, visit Kenzie Gorden, of Lake City, at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., a suburb of Denver. Gorden was paralyzed in a 2012 crash but is slowly regaining the ability to move her legs. She will spend most of June and July at the hospital for an intense, specialized program to help her walk again.
April 10, 2013



Mackenzie Gorden, the Lake City teen who was paralyzed in a crash last summer, will return to a Colorado hospital for two months this summer to take part in a special therapy program to help her walk.

Gorden was injured in a June 2012 crash when she swerved her pickup truck south of her hometown to avoid a deer, went off the roadway and tumbled down a hill.

She was able to move her legs for the first time after the crash in August. Her progress since then has been slow and steady, she and her family told the Daily Times Herald.

Gorden returned to Lake City for homecoming last fall and has since worked with a local physical therapist.

She was re-evaluated last month at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., a suburb of Denver, which specializes in the rehabilitation of those who have been paralyzed, and showed great progress, her family said. That made her eligible for the NeuroRecovery Network program this summer, which is partially funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Gorden will use a treadmill with the help of specially trained therapists to walk. The therapy will improve blood flow to her arms and legs and boost the health of her bones and skin. Some patients are able to shed the treadmill and walk with help on their own.

But Gorden's health-insurance coverage for physical therapy this year has already reached its maximum, and the family seeks donations to help pay for the advance treatment, which is expected to cost more than $20,000.

Gorden's family seeks businesses and others to sponsor her "Believe" T-shirts. For $50, their names will be printed on the back of the shirts.

Business owners can send the donations to The Gorden Medical Fund, c/o Brittanie Gorden, 215 W. Jackson St., Lake City, Iowa, 51449.

The family asks for the donations by Monday.

For more information, contact Brittanie Gorden at (712) 210-4676 or bgorden09@gmail.com.

Gorden is set to graduate from South Central Calhoun High School this year.