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Monthly Archives: October 2007

Mike Utley Foundation – Thumbs Up!

Published: October 13, 2007

Mike Utley Foundation
Mike Utley Foundation

Thumbs Up! The Mike Utley Foundation, Finding a Cure for Paralysis

The Mike Utley Foundation organizes many fundraisersthroughout the year. Without the help of sponsors andvolunteers these events would not be the success that theyare.

Cursor control at the tip of your tongue

Published: October 12, 2007

1592339760Steering a wheelchair with your tongue sounds impressive enough. Doing so with your mouth closed and gadget-free is the feat allowed by a tongue-tracking earpiece due on sale later this year.

Typically, quadriplegics must suck or blow into a straw to steer a wheelchair or move a computer cursor. That can be unhygienic and irritating for the user, says Ravi Vaidyanathan, an engineer at the University of Southampton, UK.

Spinal cord injury victims step toward recovery at Carlsbad event

Published: October 12, 2007

10_13_07CARLSBAD — Inside an office building in a Carlsbad industrial park Saturday, dozens of people stood up from their wheelchairs and took their first steps all over again.

Some of the 30 spinal cord injury sufferers — many of whom were young men who lost feeling in their legs after a car wreck or diving accident — walked about 25 feet with the help of physical therapists and trainers.

Others, such as 26-year-old Dan Cummings of Austin, Texas, were further along in their recovery, but marked milestones by walking longer distances.

“I was told I’d never walk again, never feel anything below my shoulders — all that stuff,” said Cummings, who walked half a mile in a little more than 44 minutes Saturday.

Spine Surgery – Timing matters!

Published: October 9, 2007

According to the Spinal Cord Injury Information Network, about 40 people per 1 million in America will suffer a spinal cord injury. That equates to about 11,000 new spinal cord injuries a year. Since 2000, car accidents have been responsible for nearly 50 percent of spinal cord injuries.

THE DAMAGE DONE: Doctors say two types of injuries happen when someone suffers a spinal cord injury. First, there is damage done when the injury happens — this is the initial impact and includes bruising, bleeding and disruption to the spinal cord and how it functions. However, there is another kind of injury that happens after the initial impact. It’s called Secondary Injury and it includes cell, nerve and tissue death occurring between the first days and, possibly, weeks after the injury happens.

Seahawks fullback Mack Strong ends career after neck injury

Published: October 8, 2007

KIRKLAND, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks fullback Mack Strong has a spinal cord condition that is ending his career immediately – but not affecting his quality of life.

And for that, the 36-year-old Pro Bowler, husband and father of two is grateful.

“I’ve played a long time, 15 years. I felt like I was pretty lucky, pretty blessed,” a teary-eyed Strong said Monday after learning that a herniated disk in his neck is pinching his spinal cord – and ending an unheralded, improbable career that began as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 1993.

Hall Of Famer Raises Money For Miami Project

Published: October 8, 2007

14305319_240x180KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Football hall of famer Nick Buoniconti and his son are raising money and awareness for the Miami Project.

The Project helped Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett when he suffered a spinal cord injury that had doctors saying he might not walk again.

But Everett got treatment that was tied to the Miami Project and is soon expected to leave the hospital on his own two feet. “Everett’s and my injury are exactly the same,” said Marc Buoniconti, who was paralyzed 22 years ago during a 1985 college football game.

But when Everett was carried off in a stretcher, doctors tried Hypothermia therapy developed at the Miami Project. A cold IV was used to lower body temperature to prevent paralysis.

Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic Raises More Than $1.5 Million

Published: October 7, 2007

Tournament’s Total Benefit to Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis now stands at approximately $3.5 million in Three Years

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The third annual Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic, which is hosted by Ameristar Casinos, Inc. and will be held Oct. 9 at The National Golf Club of Kansas City, has raised more than $1.5 million this year to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. The Buoniconti Fund is the fundraising arm of The Miami Project, the world’s largest and most comprehensive research facility dedicated to finding a cure for paralysis.

Ameristar Casinos, which operates eight properties in seven markets across the United States, began presenting the Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic in 2005 to provide its key business partners with an opportunity to make a significant contribution toward spinal cord injury research. The 2007 tournament is dedicated to Craig H. Neilsen, Ameristar’s founder, who created the event in the belief innovative scientific research will find a cure for spinal cord injuries.

Disabled Newton mom hoping for a miracle

Published: October 7, 2007

andrea_melendezFive years ago, Danielle Shine became a quadriplegic after a car accident. Now, she hopes to raise money for an experimental stem cell transplant in Portugal.

Newton, Ia. – Danielle Shine saw a TV news report not long ago that featured a man who set up a Web page for donations toward his credit card bill.

She figured her situation was worse than credit-card debt. So she built a My Space page: “Quadriplegic with family needs hope to walk again.”

She needs at least $50,000.

Athlete’s challenge not on field, but in rehab

Published: October 4, 2007

image_5878025After Arquevious Crane was transported from the intensive care unit via a stretcher to his room at The Shepherd Center Thursday, the fallen South Gwinnett football player showed just where his mind is on overcoming his debilitating spinal cord injury.

Placed by staff on a bed, the 16-year-old Crane immediately asked to be placed in a wheelchair. To Dr. Donald Peck Leslie, that action was significant.

“It meant he doesn’t want to lie in bed and not pay attention to what he has to do,” Leslie said. “His family tells me he’s a very focused young man, and that will help him tremendously.”

Ski Film Premiere in Denver to Benefit Spinal Cord Injury Victims

Published: October 4, 2007

Denver, CO – has teamed up with the Stand Strong Again Foundation to present “Enjoy” by Rage Films on Thursday, October 18th at the historic Mayan Theater in Denver.

All proceeds from the Denver premiere of “Enjoy” will go to benefit the Stand Strong Again Foundation (SSA), a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is “dedicated to helping action sports participants suffering from spinal cord injuries indeed Stand Strong Again”.