In 2012, a tragic gymnastics accident left Brandon Beack wheelchair-bound as a quadriplegic. Following 10 weeks of inpatient therapy after the accident, the Beack family struggled to find an outpatient facility that met all of Brandon’s rehabilitation needs.
They soon realised that outpatient facilities providing rehabilitation, and which is financially accessible to the average South African were few and far between, and it was this dilemma that led them to the Shepherd Centre, an outpatient facility based in the USA, that provides cutting-edge neurological rehabilitation and advanced medical care.
The Beack family poured everything they had into getting Brandon to the Shepherd Centre, and at the time, they had no idea just how important and foundational this trip would turn out to be.
During his time there, Brandon benefitted tremendously from the expertise of Shepherd Centre’s medical professionals, and their vast selection of rehabilitative technology and equipment helped him make remarkable improvements in his recovery. He returned to South Africa with a new mindset, determined to make the standard of medical care that he experienced in the USA available to those South Africans who need it the most, and thus, the Walking with Brandon Foundation (WWBF) was born in 2015.
Armed with the knowledge and skills of highly-trained medical professionals, and with the aid of generous donors, the Beack family were able to procure some incredible pieces of rehabilitative technology – like the EKSO Bionics EKSO GT Exoskeleton – they used the story of their son’s accident as a way of creating hope for themselves and for the disabled community. The end result was WWBF's Therapy & Beyond Centre, a comprehensive approach to rehabilitation based on the latest research in neurology.