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Monthly Archives: May 2007

Spinal cord injury victim inspires others to overcome challenges

Published: May 30, 2007

At a ceremony held at Fall River Family Services on May 4, Westport resident Martin W. Costa was named the May 2007 Hometown Hero. Bank Five and radio station WSAR sponsor this event which recognizes area citizens for outstanding volunteer deeds that better the community.

Thomas F. Lyons, BankFive president and CEO, presented Costa with the Hometown Hero Award.

Mack J. Marsh Jr.: Urge future passage of bill to protect ATV riders

Published: May 29, 2007

Louisiana truly is the sportsman’s paradise. We are lucky to have so many options when it comes to outdoor adventures and the tools and equipment necessary to enjoy it in its entire splendor. But, like any tool, it is our responsibility to ensure our own safety and that of our children when we utilize powerful, potentially dangerous equipment.

All-terrain vehicles, better known as ATVs, are one of the most common tools we use to enjoy the natural resources of our state. It seems every garage and carport in northwest Louisiana has at least one of these powerful, useful vehicles. It is common to see hunters, outdoorsmen or just weekend thrill-seekers speeding through the woods and down the off-road trails of our area. Unfortunately, all too often, people don’t think to take the proper care of their safety when engaging in these activities.

Human stem cell treatment restores motor function in paralyzed rats

Published: May 29, 2007

Rats paralyzed due to loss of blood flow to the spine returned to near normal ambulatory function six weeks after receiving grafts of human spinal stem cells (hSSCs), researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine report. The study, led by Martin Marsala, M.D., UC San Diego professor of anesthesiology, is published in the June 29, 2007 issue of the journal Neuroscience, which is now online.

“We demonstrated that when damage has occurred due to a loss of blood flow to the spine’s neural cells, by grafting human neural stem cells directly into the spinal cord we can achieve a progressive recovery of Motor function,” said Marsala.

Patients heading abroad for hope

Published: May 28, 2007

Those with spinal injuries brave risks to find new therapies overseas

McKINNEY – Two weeks after Tonya Winchester celebrated her high school graduation, an 18-wheeler slammed into her Jeep Cherokee, paralyzing the college-bound teenager from the chest down.

Therapists said she would not improve, and they advised her to work with what she had left.

Instead, she took the advice of fellow patients and searched for a medical miracle half a world away.

In March, she and her family flew to Russia, putting Ms. Winchester’s care in the hands of people they had never met at a cost of nearly $30,000. She believes the adult stem cell therapy, which involves injections not approved in the United States, will help heal her spinal cord and improve her mobility. She plans to return in July.

Do it for Dan almost done

Published: May 27, 2007

A fundraising event held Saturday for 18-year-old Dan Edwards has brought the Do It For Dan fundraising campaign to the verge of reaching its $150,000 goal.

The recent boost came from a $20,000 donation from the President’s Choice Children’s Charity, which was presented at a charity BBQ at Zehrs.

Another $7,000 was raised at the Saturday event, bringing the fundraising campaign just several thousand dollars shy of its goal. Dan’s mother Florett couldn’t hide her emotions when the figures where announced Saturday, her tears a clear indicator of how very grateful she is.

Bell and Rick Hansen Foundation Launch Partnership

Published: May 27, 2007

Bell welcomes Rick Hansen to its Olympic and Paralympic family and supports youth engagement expansion

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ – Bell and the Rick Hansen Foundation announced a partnership today whereby Rick Hansen will work with Bell in support of their commitment to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and community engagement initiatives.

Bell will also support the Rick Hansen Foundation’s strategy of engaging more youth in British Columbia and Alberta.

Fund-raiser to aid Stockyards co-owner left paralyzed

Published: May 27, 2007


On Jan. 9, Mark Wagner was a runner and skier, a man in perfect physical condition. He was a flight captain with US Airways. He was a husband, father to two small boys and part owner of the Stockyards restaurant in Phoenix.

On Jan. 10, a hunting accident changed everything.

It wasn’t a gun that did it, but the impact of a gravel truck hitting the car that Wagner, his father-in-law and his wife’s uncle were riding in on a hunting trip in Nebraska. The truck hit their vehicle broadside, catching Wagner in the back seat.

The other men have recovered from their injuries, but Wagner suffered a spinal cord injury that has left him a quadriplegic.

Patients teaching doctor history of war

Published: May 26, 2007

At Walter Reed, he treats amputees, soldiers with brain and spinal injuries from battles in Iraq and Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – When the Army doctor walked into the musty hospital room, the patient, strapped in a neck brace, eyed his uniform, looking for the patch on the right shoulder that would signify that the doctor, too, had been in combat.

But Dr. Brandon Goff doesn’t have one. He’s never been to war. War comes to him.

Road back to stage is slow but inspiring for Terry Earp

Published: May 26, 2007

c2zj8d9qAn audience gathers on a warm Friday evening in May inside the cramped Scottsdale studio of Arizona Women’s Theatre Company for a staged reading of new plays.

The star of the hour is Terry Earp, the Valley theater icon best known for historical stage plays performed by husband Wyatt Earp — great-nephew of the Old West lawman — and herself.

The work of hers they’re doing isn’t new: It’s almost 15 years old, a one-act divorce comedy called “Coralee’s Epiphany.”

Todd Crawford Foundation to Cure Paralysis, Inc.

Published: May 25, 2007
Todd Crawford Foundation
Todd Crawford Foundation

The Todd Crawford Foundation was started in August of 2006 with the purposeof raising money for spinal cord injury (SCI) research. I wasinjuredin August of 2002. In the four years between my injury and thecreation of the Foundation I received a tremendous amount of supportfrommy family and friends. Much of the support came in the form ofmoney raised through various fund raisers. I have been able toaccomplishmany things since then because of this support. Iam extremely grateful for this. Now I want to use the momentum ofthis support and direct ittowards research on SCI. This research is a immensely important to me and millions of others around the world.