“Nothing can get me down.” Kurt always says. A professional arm-wrestler sponsored by Budweiser, this Auburn native was a peer counselor for troubled youth when a workplace accident—a mere slip on the floor—altered the course of his life. Becoming L-1 paraplegic and legally blind due to complications with aggressive Dry Macular and Retinal diseases, he also has a pacemaker, and Six Sinus Syndrome and Regional Complex Pain Syndrome. To help him contend with these seemingly overwhelming disabilities one rescue Chihuahua from Kern County named Hami and a Canine Companions-licensed service Labrador named Anika.
While attending Hadley School for the Blind he regularly lifts weights and swims at the YMCA . He also plays baseball through Sacramento Access Leisure, plays the drums, is teaching himself bass guitar, and is a balsa wood model enthusiast.
Helping Hearts Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was created to help those in need of everyday living assistance. We believe our work lies in relieving the stress of the emergency rooms, hospitals, shelters, and the working poor who, due to an unending economic downturn, can no longer properly provide for their loved ones on a fixed low income. We want to be there for those people that are misplaced or are difficult to place, people from skilled nursing and referral agencies that have a difficult combination of problems to address, and people who need a high level of care and have a low income.