Norman Stine doesn't remember the accident, when his semi was torn into two pieces by a train outside of Stuart, Iowa, on October 8, 2013. But he does remember the therapists, nurses and CNAs that helped him get his life back. During his five-month stay in On With Life's Post- Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation program, and another six months in the Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation program, Norman worked hard to get his life back.
"We're very grateful to the entire staff for their hard work and dedication. They worked him hard but in a friendly, committed kind of way," said Marilyn Stine, Norman's wife. "He went from not even sitting in a chair when he arrived at On With Life to walking out the front door. They gave him his life back."
Today, Norman is back to doing what he loves, spending time outdoors and being back on the farm. But most importantly, it's the time he spends time with his 11 grandchildren that Norman enjoys the most.
"We enjoy time with our family and going to the grandkids concerts, ballgames and school programs," said Marilyn. "It means the world to us to be able to go to these events."
The Stines' gratefulness of the On With Life programs inspired Norman and Marilyn to make a donation to the On With Life Capital Campaign - Life Forward, which will enhance services and the therapeutic property of On With Life. This includes an on-site aquatic therapy pool, something the Stines are very excited about.
"Norman loved swimming during his therapy at On With Life, so we are excited that an in-house pool is a part of the new addition and will be available for future persons served," said Marilyn.
"On With Life is such a special place for my family and me," said Norman. "You gave me my life back and this is just one small way to say thank you."