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Spinal Cord Research Participant Shares Journey to Recovery

Published: November 21, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Steve Adubato goes on-location to the Kessler Foundation’s 16th annual “Stroll ‘N Roll” and speaks with Rosalie Hannigan, a Kessler spinal cord research participant, about her accident and her journey to recover her mobility. Continue Reading »

Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge

Published: November 16, 2017

The Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, has launched a $4 million US dollar global challenge to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis, culminating in the unveiling of the winners in Tokyo in 2020.

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Specialty wheelchairs help athletes thrive

Published: November 16, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

TAMPA (FOX 13) – They are athletes who have faced more challenges than sports but there’s a company in Pinellas Park giving them a competitive edge with the right set of wheels. Continue Reading »

Eye-Driven Wheelchair Gives Quadriplegics More Independence

Published: November 9, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

For quadriplegics, life can be extremely isolated. Those without the ability to control their arms, legs or head must rely entirely on a caregiver to move, or even turn around, their wheelchair.

One cause of quadriplegia is the neurodegenerative disease ALS, which afflicts an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 in the U.S., according to the CDC.

Because the disease is progressive, those afflicted can go from having completely normal motor control to being fully quadriplegic without the ability to talk, in the span of just a few years. Previously having the ability to move independently can make the loss of movement even more difficult for those with ALS. Continue Reading »

Couple comes closer together by seeking paralysis cure and competing in New York City Marathon

Published: November 5, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

This couple is in it for the long haul.

For Rob Summers, 31, and Julie Grauert, 34, the New York City Marathon was an opportunity to fund-raise for a cause near and dear to their hearts: Finding a cure for the six million Americans living with paralysis.

But as the first-time marathoners worked to get closer to a cure, they also got closer to each other.

Summers was a 20-year-old pitcher at Oregon State with dreams of playing in the Major Leagues when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in July 2006. Continue Reading »

‘Extreme Makeover: Home’ still changing York County quadriplegic man’s life 6 years later

Published: November 3, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Every morning, Brian Keefer looks up at the framed words of encouragement covering his bedroom wall, and he smiles.

“Brian, you keep smiling because that’s what makes you so special! … Keep believing that you can fly!” one says.

“You’re my hero and inspiration,” reads another.

Those notes, written by friends and family, are Keefer’s favorite part of the room “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” built for him in 2011. Continue Reading »

Be Thankful and Heal Faster: Author Describes Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Published: November 2, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Research projects at UCLA and elsewhere have proven that thankfulness (gratitude) has physical, in addition to emotional, effects on people. Shelly Kerchner, who just released her book Standing Tall: The Healing Power of Gratitude is an outstanding example.

Johnstown, PA (PRWEB)November 02, 2017 – Shelly fell and fractured some vertebrae in her neck. Totally paralyzed, she heard the doctors saying “What a pretty girl. What a shame she’ll never get out of bed again.” Unfortunately, this is the experience of most newly-injured people, many of whom, though helpless, are suicidal after hearing that prognosis.

Shelly was different. Going from depressed to determined, she told herself that paralysis was not going to keep her bedridden. She immediately gave thanks that she was still alive, and that she could hear and see. Continue Reading »

‘The Quadfather’ has a message for techies — accessibility ‘should not be an add-on’

Published: November 1, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Todd Stabelfeldt is a pretty chill dude. He lives 90 minutes from Seattle by ferry, in a home with his wife and occasionally two stepkids. He runs a consultancy for healthcare databases, but once considered becoming a comedian. He’s a dog person.

Stabelfeldt also happens to be quadriplegic. He’s been paralyzed from the neck down for more than 30 years.

And because of that, Stabelfeldt has a unique relationship with technology — not unique for him and his crew, which goes by “The Quad Squad,” but unique for many people who are able-bodied. Continue Reading »

‘It’s all about adapting’: How a wheelchair user made his house accessible

Published: October 30, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Thomas Rogers’s house has a lowered kitchen counter, wide hallways, and a elevator

When it comes to what he can and can’t do in his house, compared with an able-bodied person, Thomas Rogers says the only difference is that he can’t reach the top of his closet.

“That’s about it!” he said.

Rogers has made his house in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s into an entirely accessible living space. Continue Reading »

UBC researcher prescribes specific exercise dosage for those with spinal cord injury

Published: October 28, 2017

For decades, the main message to keep the general population healthy was for everyone to get active.

In fact, the World Health Organization laid out specific guidelines (150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise each week) on how much physical activity was required for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

However, UBC Okanagan researcher Kathleen Martin Ginis says while the recommendations were well-meaning, a particular group of people was excluded. Continue Reading »