RAPID’s mission is to help people with disabilities and Veterans with disabilities accept, embrace, thrive and succeed in reaching their health, wellness and athletic performance goals. We do this by providing a top-tier, all-inclusive health, rehabilitation and social services program that focuses on life-long growth in a supportive environment.
Our organization was founded in 2019 by Emily Purry. When Emily was a child she was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, which rendered her legally blind. However, she still maintained an active lifestyle and participated in sports throughout her childhood, and into college.
In 2009, while running along the Waterfront in downtown Portland, Emily’s right leg fell deep into an unmarked maintenance hole. With a torn MCL, PCL, meniscus and a piece of bone chipped out of her femur, her life drastically changed in mere seconds.
This injury, combined with being legally blind was something she was not prepared to overcome. She had no productive coping skills and her doctors placed her on high doses of pain medication. Additionally, she was expected to attend all of her medical and legal appointments while in a brace, on crutches and using mass transportation.
Eventually, Emily began to ask herself a simple question: Why wasn’t there a place she could go to live, heal and get the counseling she needed while being surrounded by people who understood what she was experiencing?
Emily decided that if a such a place was going to exist, she was going to be the person to create it.
RAPID aims to serve people with recently acquired disabilities by providing them with three key services.
- Access to health and wellness services, resources, and experiences to assist with an individual’s vulnerable transition period from hospital to home.
- Access to the comprehensive support necessary to adjust to life-altering disabilities for elite athletes including competitive sports, adaptive equipment and athletic facilities.
- Access to a residential facility to practice, experience failure and thrive in a safe, supported environment with experts in the field and peers with lived-experience.
Get the treatment you deserve! Contact RAPID today and take advantage of our inclusive health and rehabilitation services.