For Ty and Pat Bryant, their story began in college where they met, married, and matured. Their three children were born and raised near the school where they met. As a young man, their son Chris survived a diving accident and became a C-3, C4, C5 quadriplegic. Pat and Ty then entered into a whole new arena of care, compassion, and crisis care with Chris during the next eight years. The Bryants were driven to find creative, resourceful ways to serve this often overlooked and underserved community of vibrant, resourceful people afflicted with various physical limitations.
During 2006 Ty and Pat Bryant opened Future Path Medical Foundation, as a donor advised account at Faith Community Foundation. Their purpose was to create a means for donating their own funds, and for other similarly motive friends, to make grants to schools, hospitals, and other charitable organizations for scholarships, research, and assistance to those either serving in the medical and scientific communities to develop treatments, procedures, products, services, and other means of serving those challenged with medical limitations.
Faith Community Foundation, is a public community foundation, formed in 2005 to serve contributors and the organizations they care about, to achieve their stewardship objectives with exemplary professional services as servants of Jesus Christ. As an independent, faith-based public community foundation, Faith Community Foundation was founded by a group of people desiring to establish an organization to assist people with their charitable giving. Studies consistently find that people who have recognized their need for a personal redeemer and have placed their trust in the work of Jesus, the Christ, for the personal redemption, are some of the most generous people on earth. Faith Community Foundation was formed to assist people with their charitable planning and giving.
As Faith Community Foundation was being organized, Ty Bryant and Del Mohler, who serves as President of Faith Community Foundation, met with their friend, Ken Swigart (from Wisconsin) in Des Moines, Iowa. About six months later, Ken was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, known as ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Within a few months of this medical news, Pat Bryant, together with another college classmate and friend of Ken’s, Larry Czerniak, and George Guritz, a close friend and co-worker of Ken Swigart, formed a new Ohio not-for-profit organization, the New Life Foundation.
As described in its application for tax exempt status approved by the Internal Revenue Service, New Life Foundation was formed exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes including to advance medical science by encouraging education, resources for medical research, and providing resources for deploying effective medical practices and devices to those afflicted with disabling conditions and in need of financial assistance.
While working to advance the effective development of medical science, New Life Foundation will focus on neurological related conditions leading to debilitating circumstances suffered from injuries or resulting from illnesses such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (“ALS” – commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease), multiple sclerosis (“MS”), and other similar types of diseases and conditions effecting the central nervous system.
New Life Foundation will promote medical, scientific education through grants for scholarships to encourage individuals pursuing a career in the medical field. New Life Foundation will make grants to educational institutions to fund medical research, scholarships, and the development of medical knowledge and methods for addressing such devastating circumstances experienced by patients suffering from accidents and diseases impairing the effective function of their central nervous system.
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