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Each and every day since September 16, 2008 has been focused on Romy eventually taking his first steps toward total recovery from his SCI injury.  This unrelenting determination has enabled Romy to make many gains in recovery, including more autonomous breathing that many thought impossible. Click here see Romy and Gaby’s story in detail.

Their efforts also created tremendous knowledge of the SCI treatment and recovery environment.  As Gaby describes it, “This is my reality, and Romulo’s reality every day.  We know it better than most anyone.”  Driven by this focus on recovery and the knowledge that most local SCI patients didn’t have rehabilitation options in the immediate Tampa area, Romy and Gaby decided to form this charitable foundation, and to create the Stay in Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center.

This non-profit center will be designed to provide state of the art recovery to SCI patients in the Tampa community and surrounding area.  It will be open to both military and civilian SCI patients. Combining the technical and medical experience of Dr. Merritt and the Stay in Step staff, with real-time global collaboration with other SCI subject matter experts and patients, Stay in Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center will offer SCI patients real possibilities for taking a step toward recovery.

Romy and Gaby SCI Foundation Inc. d/b/a Stay In Step Foundation is a not-for profit corporation organized under Florida law. Stay In Step Foundation has applied for 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service and anticipates being granted non-profit status  as a charitable foundation in 2014.