First Posted: 12/10/2008
After the Gaynord family lost one of their twin sons, Tommy, at age 27, due to complications from muscular dystrophy, they decided to raise funds in his name for another young man with a disability. Dr. Ayad Haboubi, Director of Rehab Technology at Allied Services introduced them to Nick Selivonik, who suffered a spinal cord injury and needed specific equipment to move forward with his life. With the help of the Gaynords and their friends, Selivonik was able to purchase an IntelliSwitch interface, which allows him to move a wireless computer mouse with his head and right or left click with a simple puff of air into a straw. Seated, from left: Zack Selivonik, Nick Selivonik, and Timmy Gaynord, twin brother of the late Tommy Gaynord. Standing, from left: Joe Piazza, Tom Gaynord, Pat Yanni, Ann Marie Yanni, Lisa Gaynord, Jim Van Wert, Tatiana Selivonik, and Ayad Haboubi, MD.