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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The mission of the Spine Health Foundation (SHF) is to provide encouragement, education and healing solutions to disadvantaged individuals suffering from chronic pain related to spinal disorders or injuries.

Results: Since February 25, 2011, SHF has provided access to over 850 medically related resources including 35 spine surgeries. Our goal is to help the "working poor" who suffer with pain due to untreated spinal injuries, gain access to specialized spine care so they can get back to life and become contributing members of society, once again.

Target demographics: the working wounded who suffer with chronic pain related to spinal injuries

Direct beneficiaries per year: 40+

Geographic areas served: Greater Tri Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia

Programs: medically related resources i.e. access to diagnostics, consults, epidurals, chiropractic care, physical therapy, and surgery when needed

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization almost from the beginning. I have seen many people helped by the tireless effort of its director and found Carol Conduff. I have been involved with non-profit organizations most of my career. This by far, is the best I have ever seen. Helping people with severe back pain and debilitating illnesses related to spine health is the Founder and Board members highest priority. This foundation provides help and hope to those that cannot afford the high level care needed and who have lost all hope. This non-profit organization saves lives!!!!

Previous Stories
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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been in the health care business for over 33 years. I have never seen an organization that is driven by such a compassionate, caring, and motivated director! The assistance she and her organization have given to so many is incomparable. The organization is lead by such amazing, generous, and selfless individuals. The Spine Health Foundation is one of the truly amazing, non-profit organizations that truly do help people! The money and time really go to those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carol does a wonderful job raising awareness and bringing help to people who have have lost hope . Back injuries can be devastating and Spine Health helps those people have a chance to live a more productive life .

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have recently had the pleasure of working with Carol at the Spine Foundation. She and the Foundation are amazing. Her diligence, compassion and concern for those she helps during this time of need are more than anyone could ask for. They are a non-profit organization that truly reaches out to help others in need. We are honored to be of assistance to the Spine Foundation. I deeply express our gratitude for being able to provide the care for those who are well deserving. Keep up the good work and it is a pleasure to work with your organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a retired surgeon who has served on the Spine Health Foundation board of directors for the last 4-5 years. I also serve on two other medically related boards. The SHF is directed by Carol Conduff who founded the organization after experiencing severe back problems herself. She does so with compassion, transparency, and skill which has been noticed and abetted by many in the medical community as well civic leaders. SHF's use of resources is the most efficient I have seen with virtually all of the raised funds directed toward patient care. SHF should indeed be rated in the top tier of non-profit organizations.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the absolutely pleasure of being on the board for The Spine Health Foundation for 2 years now and I can personally say that this is by far one of the best non-profits in the region if not state. Carol leads the organization with the utmost transparency and integrity. She has a giving heart and soul and provides care to those in need and FIGHTS for her patients care. It has been a privilege to serve on this board and recommend it to all you could benefit from it.

1 Susan506

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Spine Health Foundation, founded by Carol Conduff, is an organization that specifically helps people with spine issues. This is a nonprofit dedicated to helping disadvantaged individuals who suffer with untreated spinal injuries or disorders gain access to specialized spine care. The organization was founded in 2010 by Carol Conduff because of her own spinal issues and personal painful experiences. Spine Health is the number one cause of disability worldwide. People who become disabled are 71% more likely to become poverty stricken. The Spine Health Foundation helps everyone by providing awareness and education about the spine. So far, the Spine Health Foundation has provided help and funds for at least 700 medically related resources and 28 spine surgeries. The Spine Health Foundation can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and its official website. Derby Days is a fundraiser that Spine Health Foundation has every year if you are interested in helping this organization. The organization is primarily in the Tri-Cities region (Kingsport, Bristol, and Johnson City, Tennessee) and serves this region well by helping with insurance problems and funding for spine injuries. This nonprofit far exceeds expectations for its ethical purpose, goals, objectives, and tactics in this region of Tennessee.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have suffered with back and neck pain for years...recently i started having severe pain in my neck and numbness in both arms doctor told me i have severe compression on my spinal cord due to herniated disc and without surgery i could become paralyzed but im uninsured and had no way of paying for a surgury like this ....but thanks to spine health fondation and dr P. at blue ridge nearoscience center im now able to get the surgery i need ....i could never thank carol and spine health fondation for all their help they have been wonderful to me ....thank you for all you do

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I recently reached out to the Spine Health Foundation for resources on Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, and was impressed at how quickly they responded. I had the pleasure of speaking with founder Carol Conduff and learning more about the organization. Their commitment to helping individuals with spinal cord injuries and disorders, especially those who cannot afford or do not have access to the latest medical treatment is driven by a passion that only those who have walked in similar shoes can have. Presented with the opportunity to raise awareness about spinal health, as well as funds to support the organization's work, Ms. Conduff did not hesitate. She wrote a thoughtful and compelling article on the financial and emotional costs of chronic back pain to share during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. I look forward to working with this organization in the future, as they provide encouragement and practical help to individuals who often feel unheard and alond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Spine Health Foundation is an outstanding organization that aims to provide healthcare services to those who can't afford it, whether it be that they are uninsured or underinsured. It partners with a team of highly skilled physicians and surgeons to provide services for individuals with chronic pain, which is one of the leading causes of disability. This is a great organization with great people who truly care about others. Working with the SHF has been rewarding so far, and I am excited to see the many great things they do in the future!

1 Lindsay37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Spine Health Foundation is a great resource for their recipients. The founder and executive director cares deeply for the individuals who are involved in the SHF. She works very hard for them and ensures that their health needs are met. The Spine Health Foundation exceeds the expectations of their clients.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I am getting more involved with The Spine Health Foundation, I am impressed with how caring and committed Carol Conduff is. She and The Spine Health Foundation are trying to do something amazing that helps those in need and it is rewarding to see how passionate Carol is about her mission. She is incredibly helpful and understanding and seems to do her best with every recipient she works with. I would highly recommend The Spine Health Foundation to anyone who is in need of their services.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the spine health foundation for months now and the experience has been wonderful. If you ever find yourself working with this company consider yourself lucky. They will do everything in their power to help and are wonderful to work with.

2 Taylor22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Carol Conduff, the founder of the Spine Health Foundation, through a class I was taking at East Tennessee State University. Carol and the Spine Health Foundation are passionate about helping people with spine injuries get back to life. Not only have they helped hundreds of people with spine injuries get the appropriate care they need, but they are hoping to do even more. The Spine Health Foundation has gone above and beyond to reach out to people about spine health awareness in surrounding communities, nationally and globally.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has helped many people get spine care that was essentially unreachable. Most of the people that have benefitted from this program have such a debilitating problem they are unable to obtain health insurance or pay cash for treatment because of the inability to work or do activities of daily living. This is the only organization that offers this kind of help, and has been life changing to many people by getting them the care they need whether it is surgery, epidurals, Radiology testing, bracing, etc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for making it possible for me to have my surgery. I feel so amazing and I wouldn’t be like this if it wasn’t for the foundation. I especially want to thank Carol for everything she has done to help me. She is so compassionate and I could tell she earnestly cared about me and finding a way for me not to hurt any longer. She has such a sweet heart and personality. I believe that God brought her into my life and I know He did because within the first month or so I got the surgery that I had needed all along. She had all of the right connections and loving heart to do so. Thank you so much Carol!
I would also like to thank Dr. Lorio for doing my surgery and taking the time out to talk to me and get things in line such as the disc itself and my surgery. He didn’t have to do any of it but he did and that means the world to me. He really cares about his patients and especially made me feel comfortable the first time that my mother and I met him. He is a very honest, straight forward, and welcoming person and he did a wonderful job with my surgery. I feel like a new person. It means so much to me that you did this Dr. Lorio. Thank you!
None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for the Spine Health Foundation. My life is now back to what it once was and I am very appreciative of what you ALL have done for me. Thank you all so, so much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had back surgery 8/11/2015 through SHF. I have been working with Carol, prior to, during and after my surgery. She has been an absolute godsend. She has helped me with everything from facilitating appointments, getting things done at a reduced or no cost rate too being there to talk to and have someone listen and actually hear what I'm saying and understand. If it wasn't for Carol and the Spine Health Foundation as well as Dr. Ken Smith I don't know what I would have done. I am still recovering and have some pain but not at the level I was prior to surgery. I want to say thank you to Carol and Dr. Smith from the bottom of my heart, there are not enough words for me to say to let you know how much I appreciate what you have done for me.. Thank you, I pray you continue to help and heal many more people with the terrible struggle of back pain who thought no relief was in sight. --Danielle

1 Christopher Abla

Board Member

Rating: 5

Spine Health Foundation is a great blessing to those in need of spinal care and who may not know where to turn for support and guidance. Each year this foundation provides support and resources from our region's best medical professionals who often donate their time and services to care for those most in need. The people associated with this foundation truly make a profound difference in people's lives.

If you or someone you know suffers from spinal injury - I highly recommend reaching out to The Spine Health Foundation for support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would give Carol at the Spine Health Foundation SIX stars if I could! I am unemployed because of a back injury and have no insurance. I was starting to wonder if there was any reason to hope for medical treatment then I was told about Carol and my spirits soared. She is the nicest person I have ever talked to or have dealt with in a long time. She helped me find a way to get x-rays, an MRI, and a steroid injection paid for! It has only been a short time but I am seeing some relief from my lower back pain. I couldn't have gotten the care I needed without Carol and the Spine Health Foundation and I know that she will be there to help me in the future. The world could use a lot more people like Carol! Timothy D.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Carol at SHF has guided us through the process of dealing with the worries and depression, related to my husband's spine condition. She offered to assist in making appointments with a specialist and in only two days we had an appointment that would usually take weeks to get, and even got the cost lowered so that we could afford to go.

Had it not been for Carol and the work she does with the Spine Health Foundation, we would still be putting off appointments because of being unable to pay, and unsure that we were making the right decisions.

To those of you who already support this wonderful cause Bless You and Thank You, You will never know the difference it makes knowing there is someone there to turn to and that it is a blessing, to those who are considering becoming part of the Foundation Family. Please understand that your time and financial support will not be wasted. We are so thankful of the Faith,Love and Support we have received from The Spine Health foundation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a joy to work with Carol Conduff and to help her help those that she serves. Her passion to help those with spinal injuries that otherwise could not afford medical services is heartwarming and inspiring. At the most recent Derby Day fundraiser for Spine Health Foundation, we heard a testimony from the wife of a patient who would soon be receiving surgery through the foundation. The story brought tears to my eyes as she recounted the difficult journey she and her husband had been through and the blessing they received by meeting Carol. It is an honor to be involved with this organization and Carol.