how you can help

The bitter reality is that many of the expenses involved in a spinal cord injury are not covered by Kirk’s insurance. Insurance will not cover essential at home care assistance (caregiver), a transportation van, rehab sessions beyond 60/year, assistive technology, rehabilitative equipment, rehabilitative surgeries, and many other crucial items and services. On average, the first year expenses are often over $200,000. Over a lifetime they can reach well over $1,000,000.00. For a list of expenses please click here.

Donations are made through the National Transplant Assistance Fund & Catastrophic Injury Program (NTAF). All funds donated in honor of Kirk will be for his exclusive use. Both one time and monthly donations can be made. This is a non-profit company, meaning you will receive a tax deduction and it will fall under the codes for company donation matching programs. Please check with your employer to see if they offer charitable matching programs as this can greatly increase funds raised.



Make checks payable to: NTAF Great Lakes Spinal Cord Injury Fund
Note in memo section: In Honor of Kirk Pedersen
Please mail to:

150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-120
Radnor, PA 19087

If you are donating goods or services to a fundraising event you are
eligible for a "gifts-in-kind" tax deduction as well. The fundraising event
coordinator can provide details as to how to obtain this receipt.

*Forward the link to this website to all of your family, friends, and co-workers
*Brainstorm and develop a fundraising event for Kirk
*Follow Kirk’s progress via this website and care pages
*Attend scheduled fundraising events in the future
*Speak with companies about corporate contributions for Kirk
*Contact local, state, and national media. Share Kirk's story with Oprah.
*If you develop an idea for a fundraiser please consult with Kirk or the Pedersen Family before initiating the process.


Symbol of Strength T-shirt - $10.00 (youth and adult sizes) Temporarily Sold Out



Bracelets - $2.00 (youth and adult sizes)

Key chains - $3.00


If you would like to make a purchase and support Kirk, please print, complete, and send the following form to:

Symbol of Strength
P.O. Box 571
Chelsea, MI 48118

Symbol of Strength Race Event

Big House Big Heart for Kirk
October 4, 2009 - Ann Arbor, MI
Colorbok, a Dexter, Michigan based company has teamed up with the Big House
Big Heart Race. This race takes place in Ann Arbor, MI and finishes in
Michigan Stadium on October 4, 2009. We hope you will consider
running/walking/wheeling/strolling the Big House Big Heart 5K, 10K or 1
Mile. Each and every one of you is invited to participate in this event and
join up with ³Team Colorbok². All money raised through pledges will be
donated to "NTAF Great Lakes Spinal Cord Injury Fund in honor Kirk Pedersen"
for his personal use.

The Registration fee is $36.00 which covers the cost of the race.
Additionally, for every entrant, funds are donated to three University of
Michigan Hospital programs ­ ALS Research at the Program for Neurological
Research and Discovery, C.S. Mott Women¹s and Children¹s Hospital and the
Cardiovascular Center.

To participate you need to first register for the race at . The registration fee does not raise funds for
Kirk. If you would like to raise money for Kirk this must be done by
collecting additional donations and pledges. You can download these
necessary forms by cutting and pasting the links below into your internet

Donation Form:
Pledge Cards:

Lastly, enter the following information into your Donation and Pledge forms:
Team Captain Name: Debbie Strahle
Charity you are running/walking for: NTAF in honor of Kirk Pedersen
Company Name: Colorbok

We feel participating in this event is a great chance to promote Kirk¹s
teachings of health and wellness while at the same time raising money to
help his newest goal of recovery. We greatly appreciate Colorbok¹s efforts
for setting this up and ultimately helping Kirk. Make sure to wear your
Symbol of Strength T-shirts while running! We hope to see you there!

If you would like to sponsor or volunteer for this event, please e-mail us at

show your support

As mentioned many times before, the ability to help Kirk towards recovery lies in the number of people that hear his story and join the Symbol of Strength Army. Wear your shirts and bracelets on vacation or during a race and send us a picture @ We plan to add some of the best to our picture gallery in the future.

contact us

If you would like to organize a fundraising event for Kirk please contact us first. We have several different resources that may help with the success of the event. If you have other information that is pertinent to Kirk’s recovery please use this as means to contact us as well. Please limit messages to those of importance as we have a limited amount of time to read them.


Walk the Line to SCI Recovery

Reck MotoMED


Moto at Home

Peter Nielsen of Peter’s Principles

join kirk's army

The easiest way to help is to join Kirk's Army of Supporters. Please enter in your contact information below. This will allow us to provide updates on upcoming events and ways to help Kirk. Your information will not be shared or sold. However, it is crucial for the success of many of our efforts and fundraising events that people stay informed.

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Alternately, you can join Kirk on Facebook:

Symbol Of Strength Facebook Group