What is the Be Perfect Foundation?
The Be Perfect Foundation is a grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 2007 by Hal Hargrave Jr. Hal created the Be Perfect Foundation just a few months after he suffered a life altering automobile accident, which left him paralyzed from the neck down.
The Foundation was set up when Hal realized the short falls and the limitations insurance companies were putting on some of his spinal cord injured friends and decided that he needed to help them along in their recovery. The Foundation offers scholarships for activity-based therapy at Project Walk to qualified recipients. Our non-profit also provides funds to those needing wheelchairs, adapting cars, as well as covering unpaid medical bills to those who cannot afford to pay their deductibles and general daily medical necessities.
It was just a few months after his injury that Mike Alpert, CEO of the Claremont Club, came to visit Hal in the hospital and offered to convert one of Claremont Club’s racquetball courts into a small-adapted studio so Hal could work out. Once the word got out, Hal, who was still recovering from his own spinal cord injury, invited over 25 injured people all needing the same type of therapy to join him at the Club. It didn’t end there as Hal and Mike discovered that there was a need to offer more client hours and add more trainers. The TCC trainers where then taught the Dardzinski method at a world renown SCI facility called Project Walk in Carlsbad, California where they officially became Exercise Specialists.
It was a dream come true for Hal. Mike offered to expand the SCI studio from 800 square feet into a larger space on the campus of the Claremont Club, which is now Project Walk Claremont. Hal Hargrave Jr. and his family purchased the Project Walk franchise and it is the first of its kind. This new modern center has 3000 square feet and the capacity to treat up to 75 clients. The hope is to offer our clients a wellness environment for themselves and their family as the entire Claremont Club facility will be made available to them. Hal and Mike believe that treating the mind as well as the soul is key and want to offer hope to those who have been home bound.
Bringing Project Walk “Home” to Claremont is what we need in our community. Hal personally would like to thank the operators of the facility, Mike Alpert, CEO, and Denise Johnson, Wellness Director, in addition to the supporting SCI Specialist along with the entire Claremont Club Staff for allowing Hal to continue his mission.
With the help of Hal’s support structure and it’s supportive donors the Be Perfect Foundation in conjunction with Project Walk will be able to continue to “Pay It Forward” for years to come.
“To restore hope, expand knowledge, advance personal independence and wellness of individuals with spinal cord injuries by promoting a holistic, exercise-based therapy approach towards a healthier recovery.”
July 26th, 2007 - This day will be remembered by Hal for the rest of his Life
Hal woke up early on this day to drive a load of remodel supplies to crews working in Las Vegas NV. He drove up I-15 and pulled over at a rest stop to ensure the load was secured properly. He left the Barstow area and as he approached the Minneola Rd exit, he noticed in the distance an object on the road. As he got closer, he could tell that it was a large piece of tire tread in his path. He veered to the right shoulder to miss this tread and while correcting to come back on to the road lost control of the truck.
The truck rolled four times before coming to a stop. Hal was trapped in the crushed cab for 40 minutes before he was airlifted by Life Flight to Arrowhead Regional Hospital in Colton, CA.
Hal broke his neck, broke his scapula...there was tendon damage to his right shoulder. He fractured T1-2 Vertebrae - with the most damaging injury to the Spinal Cord at the C5/C6 level.
Arrowhead Regional performed an eight-hour surgery in order to install permanent plates/screws on the front and back of his neck. He remained at Arrowhead Regional battling a strong case of pneumonia and a collapsed lung well into the first week of August.
His next journey from Arrowhead Regional was on to Casa Colina, a fantastic facility where he spent 63 days as an Acute Patient soon to be released to Outpatient Recovery.
Hal’s recovery to date would not have been possible without the incredible amount of support that has been provided by his family and friends. Please click on the “Thank You” link to read a few messages from the Hargrave Family.
Hal’s emotional and mental outlook is fantastic - despite the situation. He is a strong young man, very outgoing. Hal graduated from High School and was looking forward to continuing school at Long Beach University - looking towards the future.
Hal knows what the doctors have said, that there is a 1-3% chance that he would walk again. He knows what the data states. His recovery will be long, hard, cruel, intense, painful, and rewarding all at the same time. He will focus on the 1-3% chance to walk. It will be much harder than landing a back flip on a wakeboard, or pitching an 83mph fastball or benching 315lbs as has been some of his favorite things to do. But if there is anybody that has the strength to persevere through such incredible obstacles, Its Lil Hal Hargrave!
The Be Perfect Foundation
“Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you and your relationship with yourself, your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is you did everything you could. There wasn’t one more thing you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment as best you can, with clear eyes, and love in your heart, with joy in your heart? If you can do that gentleman - you’re perfect!”
~ Quote from Friday Night Lights (2004)
Webster’s defines “Perfect” as flawless, One as flawless.
Hal began to think of “Be Perfect” during his training for Baseball as a pitcher. There was found an inspiration that to this day has helped Hal achieve his goals. YOU KNOW IT’S IN YOU - BE PERFECT!
The “Be Perfect” Foundation is an idea Hal Hargrave had during his stay at Casa Colina after his traumatic injuries. During his recovery now at Project Walk and The Claremont Club/Casa Colina Club, the Hargrave’s have been exposed to many SCI victims that do not have the financial means to cover all costs Recovery. There remains much to battle financially along side the battle towards recovery, and some more than others need immediate assistance from those that are able!
Lifetime costs for spinal cord injuries can total over $2.5 million per victim. In most cases, insurance only covers 50-65% of these costs over a lifetime. 13 Thousand SCI victims are added each year. Quick math will show a huge financial burden for most SCI victims that far exceeds a return to an active lifestyle.
Project Walk/The Claremont Club uses exercise-based recover and presently, this is not covered by Insurance COS. The average annual cost for recovery at Project Walk/ The Claremont Club is between $25K to $45K a year per victim – BUT YOU CAN HELP THE BATTLE!
Hal’s determination to recovery and the heart to help others will make all things impossible, possible! Help make this happen for others today.
There are many SCI Victims out there that NEED YOUR HELP! We ask you to please help those in need your own way, whether it is a heartfelt prayer, or the calling of a financial donation - we thank you for contributing towards something very special that is really making a difference. In it’s first 6 years of existence, The Be Perfect Foundation has been able to keep 100 SCI friends in recovery, has purchased 30 wheel chairs, and provided much needed guidance and emotional support to many. This is all possible by many different donors and friends of the Foundation.
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