JD's Story

In August 2017, the course of JD Martz’s life changed forever. As he dove into a wave at Manhattan Beach in California, he injured his C3 and C4 vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down.

After spending one month fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit, JD defied the odds by regaining the ability to breathe without a ventilator and to speak on his own again. Subsequently, the 29-year-old left his successful career behind in California and moved into his parent’s home in Beverly, MA to recover. With a tireless approach and positive attitude, he has taken on an extensive rehab regimen to begin his quest toward recovery. 

More About JD Martz

JD's Recovery Therapy

Upon leaving Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in December of 2017, JD immediately began a rigorous rehab therapy program attending two separate facilities which specialize in spinal cord injuries and recovery. He utilizes Locomotor therapy, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation, and Activity-based therapy to encourage recovery and excite the spinal cord. JD spends 2 hrs a day 4 days a week in these sessions which cost $100/hour. JD relies entirely on donations to continue this vital therapy. If you're interested in sponsoring JD for an hour or more of therapy, please donate below. 

Home Renovation Project

In addition to supporting JD’s highly specialized rehab treatments, an equally important focus is to create an independent living environment for JD. He needs a home that will accommodate his electric wheelchair and give him and Caitriona Daly, his devoted companion of seven years, a sense of normalcy and comfort as they navigate this new way of life.

JD’s story has inspired the support of family friend and general contractor Jim O’Neil. Jim has graciously offered up his team to renovate a one-story home in Danvers, MA, that Caitriona’s parents have purchased and offered to rent to the couple. Jim hopes to coordinate in-kind donations such as services, time and materials from sub-contractors and suppliers in the area as well.

Work planned includes a complete bathroom, kitchen and laundry room remodel. The team hopes to raise money for cabinets, flooring, appliances, lighting, HVAC, countertops, plumbing fixtures as well as a new patio and fire pit in the backyard. Any funds raised above and beyond the renovation goal will support JD’s rehabilitation.

We urgently need your help to cover the considerable costs of renovating JD’s new home!


To make an in-kind donation of products or services, please contact Jim O’Neil at [email protected] or 978-768-0029.

Raised so far for Home Renovation: $16,072.41

last updated: March 12, 2019 

If you prefer to send a check, please email [email protected] for further instructions.

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*Please note (in the special instructions section on PayPal) if your donation is intended for the home renovation or for JD's rehab therapies.*


Below, enjoy some recent videos of JD working hard!

It's thanks to your generous donations that JD has the chance to receive this activity-based therapy.  He is forever grateful and he wanted to share his hard work with you all. 

The G-EO at Project Walk

Pumping Iron

The Lokomat | Locomotor Therapy 

at Journey Forward

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation 

at Journey Forward