Monthly Archives: June 2006
Jockey Cindy Noll Murphy, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a May 11 spill at Prairie Meadows, said Friday that she will not attempt a comeback.
“My doctor advised me that it would be very detrimental for me if I were to ride again, so I guess that’s it,” Murphy said. “I have a spur in my neck and, if I go down again, they say it could sever my spinal cord.
“I’m sad about it, but at least I can walk.”
LEOMINSTER — The roar of the crowd, his coach’s tap on the shoulder, the face-off right beforehand.
Travis Roy, a former Boston University hockey player, remembers every moment of the minutes leading to his life-changing accident — including the moment when he couldn’t feel his glove–covered hand moving and he realized the extent of his injury.
People making a difference in the lives of people with spinal cord injury is the driving force behind the Comox Valley Wheels in Motion event this Sunday — and Jim Milina is the man leading that drive.
“We’re trying to come up with strategies for preventing the severity of injury in the short term,” Milina said. “And in the long term, getting people like me out of these chairs once and for all.”
Milina has been a quadriplegic since 1981 when he was injured during an indoor demonstration of freestyle skiing at a Toronto ski show. At the time, he was 18 years old and the B.C. senior men’s freestyle champion. Now, he runs his own media communications business and is an ambassador for Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion Foundation, the organization that started the event in 2003.
Fundraiser completes $6 million endowment for spinal-cord research Whistlerites John and Penny Ryan are celebrating the success of the third annual “Reserved” gala fundraiser with family, friends and the provincial government. The money raised at the event completes the $6 million endowment to fund the John and Penny Ryan B.C. Leadership Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research.
The Chair was established in 2003, supporting the work of a senior academic position at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD).
CHAMPION jockey Damien Oliver, who resumes riding at Flemington on Saturday after a 15-month absence with a career-threatening spinal injury similar to that of Collingwood forward Blake Caracella, had only three words of advice for the Magpie: “Don’t rush it.”
Caracella received fractured Vertebrae and bruising of the spinal cord in an accidental collision with Brisbane’s Tim Notting at the MCG last Saturday night.
(AP) — Stepping into a research area marked by controversy and fraud, Harvard University scientists said Tuesday they are trying to clone human embryos to create stem cells they hope can be used one day to help conquer a host of diseases.
“We are convinced that work with embryonic stem cells holds enormous promise,” said Harvard provost Dr. Steven Hyman.
BLAKE Caracella’s wife has told of her relief that her husband had not suffered permanent spinal damage after his collision with Lion Tim Notting on Saturday night.
Jackie Caracella last night remained by her husband’s side at The Alfred Hospital.
It was confirmed yesterday the Magpies forward had suffered a fractured neck and heavy bruising of his spinal cord.
Shauna Jensen wheels to win in Las Vegas
EDMONTON – Before Shauna Jensen sustained a spinal cord injury, she considered herself a recreational athlete and called herself a weekend warrior.
Add another W to that handle — for winner. Jensen wheeled to a first-place finish Saturday in the women’s wheelchair division of the Salt Lake City Marathon.
The Edmonton woman had a time of two hours, 11 minutes.
A young British man living in Holland is organising a charity bike ride with a difference. Not only will Matt Cole cycle 1200km around Holland but he will be providing the necessary ‘pedal power’ via his arms.
Spinal Research, a charity dedicated to funding research into spinal cord repair, was chosen to benefit from this amazing challenge because Matt is himself in a wheelchair after a road traffic accident left him paralysed in 2004.
Wheelchair athlete famous for global trek is focused now on injury research
Twenty years ago, Rick Hansen was wrapping up his 40,000-kilometre Man in Motion world tour, “little suspecting that as one long trip was ending, the much longer journey was about to begin.”
The 48-year-old standard-bearer in the battle to find a cure for catastrophic spinal-cord injuries has not slowed down in the past two decades. He will be holding his fourth annual Wheels in Motion national fundraising campaign on Sunday.