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About Stay in Step

Stay In Step is a non-profit recovery center designed to provide state of the art recovery to SCI patients in the Tampa Bay region and surrounding areas. We are a veteran support organization open to civilian SCI patients.

Gaby Carmargo, as the Founder and Director, brings the unique combination of passion and experience from SCI within her own family with the unmatched technical and medical experience of Dr. Merritt and the Stay in Step Staff. Stay in Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center offer to the SCI patients this unique approach to rehabilitation, combined with real-time global collaboration with other SCI subject matter experts and patients offers SCI patients with 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 been granted 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service as of June 27, 2014. All donations made prior to that date are retroactively tax deductible.

Our Vision

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.

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 recovery center is designed to provide state-of-the-art recovery treatment to SCI patients in the Tampa and surrounding community area. It is open to both military and civilian SCI patients. Founder and Director, Gaby Camargo brings the unique combination of passion and experience from SCI within her own family with the unmatched technical and medical experience of Dr. Merrit and the Stay in Step Staff.

This proactive approach to rehabilitation combined with real-time global collaboration with other SCI subject matter experts and patients, makes Stay in Step a unique and unprecedented center offering SCI patients in the Tampa area a pathway by which to start their journey toward recovery.

The Stay in Step Mission

Our mission is to provide our SCI Patients with a step forward toward recovery through world class rehabilitation and collaboration. Not only do you have top-of-the-line equipment, we have trainers that are passionate about working out with people that have a spinal cord injury. They are also very creative and they know how to use the basic equipment available. This program will be directed and supervised by Dr. Merritt, who has more than 40 years of experience in Spinal cord injury and rehab programs. We are also the first spinal cord injury recovery center that will integrate the military and civilian community and their families. Our Passion is to change lives one STEP at a time as we help them Take a STEP forward towards RECOVERY!