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Monthly Archives: January 2008

Kevin Everett steps into the spotlight in new book ‘Standing Tall’

Published: January 31, 2008

everetttakesste-bookDrafted by the Buffalo Bills as a passcatching tight end, Kevin Everett’s career stats would seem disappointing: two catches for three yards.

But Everett has already entered the pantheon of National Football League heroes for doing what most athletes take for granted – walking. On Oct. 9, 2007, one month after falling paralyzed to the Ralph Wilson Stadium turf after a tackle, he took a few steps in a Houston Rehabilitation center.

Today, Everett makes his post-football television debut on “Oprah” to talk about his injury and recovery. “Standing Tall: The Kevin Everett Story,” a book about his ordeal, goes on sale Friday.

House would shift burden of brain-injury research

Published: January 31, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS — The House passed a bill yesterday that will shift the cost of research for spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries to all Hoosier vehicle owners — not just those who have motorcycles.

House Bill 1318 eliminates a controversial $10 fee that lawmakers added to motorcycle registrations last year, a move that irritated bikers across the state.

Rep. Carolene Mays, D-Indianapolis, sponsored last year’s proposal and this year’s bill. Mays said yesterday that she never intended for motorcycle owners to bear the full cost of the research, but that last-minute changes in the budget left them on the hook.

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Awards Nearly $2 Million in Individual Research Grants

Published: January 31, 2008

Foundation Continues Research Initiatives in Search of a Cure and Therapies for Paralysis

SHORT HILLS, N.J., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ — The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (CDRF), which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy, today announced it has awarded $1,996,745 million to 16 laboratories through its Individual Research Grants Program. At the forefront of molecular and cellular studies, CDRF’s Individual Research Grant Program is the Foundation’s largest, most comprehensive research initiative. The grants awarded today represent an overall $77 million commitment to research by the Foundation since 1982.

Kevin Everett on Oprah

Published: January 31, 2008

7804704_bg1For the first time, Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett tells his amazing story of recovery from a spinal cord injury. News 4’s Mylous Hairston has more on Everett’s appearance on today’s Oprah Winfrey Show.

Oprah, “We’re honored to introduce miracle man, Kevin Everett.”

Many call it a medical miracle. Kevin Everett is walking, moving, following a devastating injury during last season’s Bills opener.

Kevin Everett, injured Bills player, “It was kind of scary just laying there. I had some negative thoughts going on in my head.”

Sex Life Still Alive for Physically Challenged

Published: January 30, 2008

GLENCOE, Minn., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Sexuality does not end when a person experiences the effects of a spinal cord injury. Issues of meeting potential partners, building self confidences and enhancing sexual function are an essential part of adjusting to life after an injury. Many physical and emotional changes take place during the Rehabilitation process and the matter of being able to perform sexually usually becomes an issue of importance. The truth is that as time passes, those with spinal cord injury find a greater appreciation for sexuality and many will move on to find greater emotional closeness with their partner.

After Spinal Cord Injury, Ohio State Program Gives Hope

Published: January 30, 2008

4color_medcenter_logo_4COLUMBUS, Ohio — An innovative training device being used at The Ohio State University Medical Center may lead to improved mobility and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries.

Physicians are looking at the use of bodyweight support and treadmill therapy, known as locomotor training, to help patients improve various skills after suffering incomplete paralysis. The unique therapy, often associated with the Rehabilitation regimen used by the late actor Christopher Reeve, is only available at a handful of hospitals around the country.

Michele Basso, director of OSU Medical Center’s neurorecovery network, has been studying spinal injury and looking at cellular responses in a laboratory setting. She feels the therapy will be beneficial.

Helping Hands teaches Needham students about safety, with the help of a monkey

Published: January 30, 2008

g13cd8da609d124fe6d7Needham – Marie Waitkevich is trying to talk seriously about the importance of wearing a helmet, but a small monkey keeps banging a walnut on the table behind her, eliciting shrieks of laughter from her audience.

“Not all monkeys eat walnuts this way,” she told her elementary school audience. “Lindsay is particularly good at opening them up.”

Lindsay, a 14-year-old helper monkey, is nearly ready to graduate from Monkey College, where she is being trained to serve as a personal attendant for a severely disabled recipient. She took a break from her studies last week to visit the Eliot School to help Waitkevich, a veterinarian technician at Helping Hands, teach students about disabilities.

Determined to Recover

Published: January 28, 2008

llanes_08_05Every once in a while, a story reaches out and inexplicably grabs a hold of you. I was surfing the 2008 mountain bike models at Giant’s site I came across a link called Heart of a Champion. I followed the link and it led me to a blog detailing the great recovery efforts that Tara Llanes is making against spinal cord injuries she sustained during the Jeep King of the Mountain series on September 1st, 2007.

Editor’s note: “On Saturday September 1, 2007, Tara had a horrible crash at the Jeep King of the Mountain series finale in Beaver Creek Colorado. During a semi-final heat with the eventual race winner, Jill Kintner, Tara entered the second to last straight on the course and hit an obstacle that sent her over the handlebars, coming down hard on her head then back.

Medical Marvel

Published: January 27, 2008

Doctors can’t explain why Pat Rummerfield is able to run marathons and race cars. Even so, there are scores of quadriplegics who long to follow in his footsteps.

WITH LITTLE FANFARE, Pat Rummerfield strides through the outpatient clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury in Baltimore. He’s a non-physician making his rounds, checking on the quadriplegics and paraplegics who find inspiration in his every step.

He ducks into a side room where Robby Beckman is immersed in a tank of chest-high water. At the bottom of the tank is a wide rubber belt that scrolls like a treadmill. Thanks to the buoyant properties of the Hydro Track, Beckman can practice ambulating on his own. Keep those heels down. Don’t drag the toes on that right foot. It’s tough going, like wading through melted caramel.

Paralyzed woman helps raise funds for research

Published: January 26, 2008

CUMBERLAND – A Cumberland woman who sustained a paralyzing spinal cord injury six years ago is using her abilities to help deal with her Disability.

Jyl and Donnie Waters founded the Spinal Cord Organization for Research and Enrichment following Jyl’s 2002 fall from a forklift. The Iowa-based organization recently donated $20,000 to the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md.

Jyl Waters received treatment there and wanted to support the center’s promising and innovative research. Dr. John McDonald, the center’s director and Waters’ lead physician, was also one of the late Christopher Reeves’ doctors.

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