Daily Archives: June 15, 2005
VANCOUVER, June 16 /CNW/ – More than 35,000 Canadians came out on all kinds of wheels and rolled for hope this past weekend at the 3rd annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion events, Presented by Scotiabank to help improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injury. As of today, preliminary results show Canadians raised more than $1.8 million at events that took place in communities throughout every Province and Territory in Canada, an increase of more than 50% from the previous year.
Adam Taliaferro, who defied doctors’ expectations by walking again after a serious spinal injury, is to appear tonight on a TV show featuring inspirational stories of paralysis victims.
Taliaferro, paralyzed five years ago as a freshman football player at Penn State University, will tell his story on It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle.
The former South Jersey football standout graduated from Penn State last month with a degree in labor studies and industrial relations. The Winslow resident now is enrolled in Rutgers-Camden Law School and plans to become a sports agent.
An imaginary crisis yesterday morning triggered the mock evacuation of patients from the UPMC Rehabilitation Hospital in Squirrel Hill to a safe harbor at the South Side.
The need to move 24 patients with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries to the new Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, a facility on two renovated floors of UPMC South Side, provided an opportunity to run an evacuation drill.
“Nobody’s ever done it” in Pennsylvania, said Dr. Ross Zafonte, director of the new institute. “What are the procedures necessary to evacuate a hospital?”