People living with paralysis
United States
People living with paralysis
Sacramento Metropolitan Area
Average cost of paralysis
per year
$ 0

Behind The Name

The Lionheart name reflects the spirit and values of the paralyzed community. It evokes bravery, determination and strength – essential qualities when facing daily challenges. Lionheart also represents tenderness and compassion towards one another. The acronym TLC encapsulates this ethos of by helping others we help ourselves. By uniting under this banner, the community aims to empower members to find courage and resilience. Lionheart symbolizes the shared resolve to embrace life fully and fearlessly.

Our Story

TheLionheart.Community came out of a need for support during lock down. When the hospital meetings shut down, the directors reached out to the peers of the groups and expressed the need for an online SCI/D community. A place where in-patients could get support through confusing and critical times and a space where hospital students could come and learn about paralysis. 
The peers created the online group in early 2020 and the meetings have been weekly ever since. The first few meetings were attended by members concentrated in the Greater Sacramento Area, but over the years the reach has expanded into the surrounding counties and even across the country.
The TLC community is a diverse crew, members represent almost all levels of the C, T and L spine classifications with varying ASIA scores. Or in simpler terms, we range from high quad to low para; new patients to almost 50 years post injury; wheelchair user to walking. We all have our own unique set of challenges but understand some level of paralysis. Many members of the community are accredited peer supporters. We create a safe space that's fun, educational and supportive, we learn how to navigate the journey of paralysis together.
In 2022, we expanded our services to include a monthly online women's group and hosted several outdoor in person events. We also incorporated as The Lionheart Community with the state of California.  In 2023, we became a 501c3 nonprofit with a volunteer board and started our Ambassador Program. In-person meetups were also added in the Roseville area. Currently we are working on building out or programming to include more opportunities for community support, recreation and easily accessible resources. 
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