A mantra is defined as a sacred word or text. #shalieve is a mantra that really conveys that sentiment.
Ryan Shazier is a Pittsburgh Steeler who suffered a traumatic back injury during a Monday Night Football game against the Bengals in December 2017. He was carted off on a back board. It was devastating to watch. If you're a Steelers fan or an Ohio State fan, you likely already know his story. His comeback has been nothing short of amazing. Did you see him announce the Steelers pick at the 2018 draft with the help of his wife less than six months later? Have you seen his box jump? Have you seen the video of him and his wife, Michelle, dancing at their wedding just 17 months after his injury? Just so you know we're talking about an injury that left him fearing he may never walk again. Like I said, nothing short of amazing.
#shalieve has been his mantra since before his injury but boy didn't it take on new meaning after? Having suffered from back injuries myself and chronic pain for many years this really took on new meaning for me as well. This is a man who I look up to and call a true inspiration. If you follow his journey, you know what I mean. He continues to be a smiling face on the field when the team warms up and during the games he's right there with the coaches on the side lines. Seeing him with the team within the confines of Heinz Field make it all seem like a dream. But he would probably disagree noting the amount of hard work and persistence it took to get him to where he is today. Shazier officially announced his retirement in September of 2020.
#shalieve, simple yet powerful. It means a lot to many people and with everything going on in the world right now, it takes on an even larger significance. While I can only somewhat relate to his struggles physically, I think we can all relate to needing a #shalieve right now in our world. I mean, who doesn't love a good comeback?
A portion of the proceeds from every sterling silver bracelet sold will be donated to The Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation which supports people who have suffered spinal cord injuries (more information on the Fund is below). The first 100 people to purchase a bracelet will receive a thank you card personally signed by #50! I want to personally thank Ryan and Michelle for doing this!
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Learn about Ryan's philanthropy:
Although research for a cure to spinal cord injuries is encouraging, there is no proven way to restore function completely, but that does not necessarily mean there is no chance to recover independence. There is always hope for at least some improvement after SCI, but there are no guarantees. It often takes waiting several months after the accident to appreciate the extent and implications of the injury. The extent of the recovery is often dependent on the:
Ryan Shazier knows he can walk today, in large part, because he has a robust support system and has received the most progressive rehabilitation services in his area. He knows firsthand that more individuals could lead productive lives with proper help and support. The Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation ("The Fund") is focused on building pathways for individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) in Western Pennsylvania to achieve their optimal recovery. The Fund's priority is SCIs caused by sports-related injuries and vehicular accidents. To optimize an individual's recovery so they can live boldly as they face new challenges, The Fund will leverage the donations it receives to provide financial assistance and navigation support: