The Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute recently bestowed awards to 10 inspirational individuals and Toni Grundstrom of Andover was one of them.
Grundstrom received an Inspiration Award from Sister Kenny, which is part of the Allina Health system and specializes in treating people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, cancer, work or sport-related injuries and neurological or muscular disorders.
For the past two years, Grundstrom has been treated at Sister Kenny to regain functional losses related to multiple sclerosis. When she began therapy, she required considerable mobility assistance. She progressed from walking a few feet in the parallel bars with much assistance, to ambulating in the Lite Gait on the treadmill, to being able to walk only with the aid of a walker.
According to Lora Anderson, manager at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at Mercy Hospital, Grundstrom arrived at every therapy session “with a smile on her face, kind words for her therapists and a spirit of courage and determination that is infectious to those around her.” She offered encouraging words to other patients in the gym during her own therapy session.
Allina Health also noted that Grundstrom is a skilled stained glass artist. Her work has been purchased by clinics and businesses throughout the state and she entered a piece of her work in the 2012 Sister Kenny International Art Show by Artists with Disabilities mixed media category.