Kevin Babington Foundation (KBF) has been created to provide funding and support for Equestrians who sustain spinal injuries. In addition to providing financial assistance the foundation will also strive to educate riders, trainers and show organizers about the most current safety measures designed to reduce the risk of serious injuries which can occur while riding.
Before the virus pandemic, Kevin was exercising 3 hours a day, five days a week at Center for Neuro Recovery, a specialized gym in North Palm Beach, FL.
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His insurance does not cover this so the Babington’s are paying for it themselves and with donated funds. It is hoped the robotic machine will help teach Kevin how to walk again. With the gym currently closed Kevin visits a hyperbaric chamber 5 times a week to improve his breathing and strengthen his voice. New York Times wrote an expose on April 17, 2020 on Kevin’s story and his current condition and road to recovery. Click here to read.
Kevin sets targets. Kevin does what’s possible. He can’t walk and he can’t ride but that doesn’t mean he can’t teach. Five months after his accident, he was back teaching at his riding school. He sits in his chair on his porch, coaching riders in the ring a few meters from the side of his house.
He wears a headset linked up to buds they wear in their ears. Recently, he has started doing it online too. He was dubious at first but it has become a revelation to him. As long as the connection is clear and the person filming them has a steady hand, he can teach someone to ride regardless of whether they’re in Florida, Pennsylvania or Tipperary.
With the Tokyo Olympics this summer, he watches and analyzes many Grand Prix shows online, for pleasure but also for business. He is one of the selectors for the Irish show-jumping team, and staying involved in the top level of the sport has helped keep his spirits high.
What gives Babington the greatest hope for recovery is his participation in a clinical trial involving stem cells at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He says he can’t wait to see how he will respond to the treatment, which will begin in about five months. Last year, a man paralyzed from the neck down in a surfing accident walked again after the treatment. Babington dreams that he too could be a miracle patient.
On July 18, 2020 Alexis Halbert, age 15, fell in a Children’s Jumper class and suffered a serious injury to her back which left her legs without feeling.
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She was diagnosed with three broken vertebrae and had to undergo surgery at Greenville Memorial Hospital to insert plates and screws to stabilize and protect her spine. The doctors forewarned the family that Alexis may not be able to walk again, never mind ride a horse.
To help Alexis get the best possible therapy the Kevin Babington Foundation donated $88,000 to help with some of the necessary funds ($350,000 estimate not paid for by insurance) for Alexis to go to The Shepherd Center which is a private, not-for profit hospital founded in 1975. They focuses on the medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and disease, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and other neuromuscular problems.
After 78 days of extremely intensive therapy, using the latest in technology, equipment and new techniques, Alexis was able to walk out of The Shepard Center on her own with only the help of crutches, something very few thought would ever be possible. And in February 2021 Alexis got “back in the saddle” for a walk and brief trot!! A miracle by all accounts!
Alexis still has a ways to go but is determined to play soccer and ride again. And to that end travels from her home in Melbourne, Florida to Orlando 3 times a week to do therapy where there is a zero-gravity treadmill machine. She still has spasms in her left leg and issues with that leg bending but they hope this will eventually get better with on-going therapy.
Kevin Babington Foundation is a 501c3 organization
The Board of Directors here at the Kevin Babington Foundation is very pleased to announce that the foundation has been officially recognized as a tax exempt organization, as described in section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. With this designation, the foundation has opened the door for many more opportunities by way of collaboration, fundraising and recognition as a non-profit organization in the equestrian community.
Donations will be used to help rehabilitate equestrians with spinal injuries.
Road to Recoveries
Kevin Babington and Alexis Halbert have been the first beneficiaries of the Kevin Babington Foundation. Donations have been instrumental in their rehabilitation from traumatic spinal cord injuries.
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Donations will be used to help rehabilitate equestrians who sustain spinal injuries.
Kevin Babington Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization