AbleGamers Impact - Karen K - AbleGamers


Karen’s Journey

A cartoon style graphic of Karen playing video games

“Video gaming has been a huge part of my life. As a little kid, I played as a way to bond with my siblings. These days, I mainly use it to relax. Now, more than ever, I plan to use video games as a way to improve my reflexes and get my arm muscles back.”

A photo of Karen using an Xbox adaptive controller and other switches and buttons to play a video game
a photo of Karen's gaming setup which includes an Xbox adaptive controller along with other buttons and switches

Karen and her family received a diagnosis of spinal cord infarction, a rare stroke within the spinal cord. But she refused to let her injury stop her from doing the activities that she loves, like gaming. As a patient at Craig Hospital where they specialize in spinal cord injury rehabilitation we were able to provide her with her very own custom gaming controller at no cost. We were thrilled to be able to help Karen find joy and relaxation through gaming.

โ€œIn a time when patients are experiencing so many intense challenges and losses, we are thrilled to be able to help them find enjoyment and relaxation through gaming.โ€ Caroline Craven, director of Sponsorship and Engagement at Craig Hospital explained.

And itโ€™s so much more than just playing a video game. Itโ€™s a way to experience joy, combat social isolation, build strong connections, and foster community.

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