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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation provides immediate, as well as, long term resources and support to individuals sustaining a catastrophic spinal cord injury through activities associated with high school football.

Programs: Care-a-Van ... raise funds to donate a new wheelchair acccessible Van. Adopt-a-Gridiron Hero .. allows us to send a $100.00 Walmart card to all our Gridiron Heroes.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Eddie for more than 40 years. We played football and basketball together and am an experienced healthcare provider that deals initially with these injuries when they happen. So I am familiar with the devestation they cause both to the player and his or her family. Eddie and Chris provide both short and long term support for both. While under funded they never fail to respond and are truly an example of what we should strive to be.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a mother with a son with an SCI I am very interested in Charities and Non profits assisting families and those suffering spinal cord injury ... Gridiron Heroes has maintained their integrity and focus speaking out against dangerous plays and training practices...associated with football. They are on the front foot of supporting families and creating awareness.
We are a small community who collectively works to educate people about the dangers of sports where spinal injuries can occur... Importantly supporting those with the injury and their families...Gridiron Heroes is a fantastic committed Non Profit and deserves all the support the community can give them.

1 Katherine41

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've witnessed how the Gridiron Heroes provides emotional and practical support to high school players who have suffered life changing spinal chord injuries and their families. They have transformed their own experience into an opportunity to help others going through the exact same experience.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a coach's wife and have witnessed how phenomenal Gridiron Heroes was after one of our football player's suffered a spinal cord injury during a game. We were so fortunate to have Chris' experience and Eddie's expertise to guide our community through this devestating injury. They both work from their heart to give everything they have to make a difference! Truly a one-of-a-kind team!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Seeing a young man overcome adversity, what an encouragement for those that have to deal with the same issues. To know they have a resource and an organization that can assist them in their needs, adjustment in life and give them encouragement is priceless. So proud of Eddie and Chris to see how many they have helped. God smiles when he see them going to assist the next young man.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a son in a wheelchair that was a football player but was actually injured in car accident. However, I understand what any family goes through when a devastating injury such as broken neck occurs. I actually met Eddie and Chris not long after Chris' injury when they were just starting up the organization. What Gridiron Heroes has done and does for the families of those suffering from these injuries while playing football, and even other sports, is nothing short of phenomenal. I am and have always been impressed by what Eddie and Chris do for these families, and particularly the individual affected. Without question, I believe that Gridiron Heroes deserves a 5 star rating.
Bill Walsh

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful father and son team; they do more to help young athletes with spinal cord injuries than any other organization in the country! Why? Because they know the pain from both sides, the injured athlete and hurting parent(s). They have and will go anywhere they're need. Gridiron Heroes deserves all the support given them!

7 Bobby17

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've seen first hand how Chris has to rest an entire day after a cross country journey to help an injured young man, and Eddie being there for Chris 24/7. There is no greater mission one can have in life than to help those that are less fortunate then we are but, to have suffered the kind of injury Chris suffered and in spite of his own situation, he and his family have brought much needed resources families and children need after suffering a catastrophic spinal cord injury. The Canales family is the very definition of "selflessness!" May the Good Lord continue to bless the work of their hands and all the members that make up the Gridiron Heroes.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So many football players have spinal cord injuries every year, and receive no financial support. Gridiron Heroes provides mobility, motivation and helps injured athletes have a better quality of life. They make huge impact!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Gridiron Heroes and Eddie & Chris are supporting young men and their families that are otherwise forgotten and unsupported a few weeks after injury. Typically, many 'friends' start to drift away from the injured person and family after a few months. But, that's when Eddie, Chris and Gridiron Heroes is just getting started! GH is there for them for the long haul.

Bill Fertig
Director
Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center
United Spinal Association