The Joseph Groh Foundation is a great organization that gives financial support to people in the construction industry who are living with life-altering injuries. Once a year the association honors numerous recipients with a grant and in 2016 the Joseph Groh Foundation was happy to present Adil Karamally as a recipient.
Adil, originally from Pakistan, obtained his MBA from the University of Chicago and 13 years ago purchased ProStar Mechanical Services of Anaheim, CA and received his HVAC and general contracting license. Ten years later, Adil experienced a massive stroke at the young age of 48. He lost the use of his left arm and the stroke left his left leg majorly impaired, leaving Adil with foot drop. Because he could only walk while using a heavy brace, his muscles began to atrophy and his doctors worried that he would ultimately end up permanently in a wheelchair.
No longer able to work, Adil’s wife, Laila, was their sole source of income, putting financial stress on the couple with a young child in elementary and three more children in college. They became optimistic when Adil was introduced to the WalkAid System, a piece of equipment that incorporates functional electrical stimulation to help people in Adil’s situation walk again. But when they learned of the cost, Adil and Laila realized they could not afford the equipment in addition to the intensive rehab that would be needed so he could learn how to use it.
Thankfully, an employee at WalkAid directed the couple to the Joseph Groh Foundation and, because of the wonderful grant, Adil obtained the WalkAid System and has already experienced wonderful success. His muscle is no longer indicating atrophy and is actually starting to regenerate, bringing optimism back to Adil and Laila.
Service Experts is an official sponsor of the Foundation and long-time friend of Joe’s. To learn more about the Joseph Groh Foundation or to contribute, visit their website.