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Paraplegic turns trailblazer

Published: October 16, 2008

445canyon030It’s 4.5 hard miles down the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden, not far above the floor of the Grand Canyon, and 4.5 even tougher miles back up to the top.

The trail is so challenging that it’s generally been thought that no paralyzed person would ever make the breathtakingly beautiful but physically demanding trip.

Until now.

Sarah Service, a 22-year-old Paraplegic from Owen County, made the round trip earlier this month, wheeled down the rugged trail and back in a special cart, pushed and pulled by some family members and hardy volunteers, sponsored by Easter Seals of Kentucky and Cardinal Hill Healthcare Systems.

Warnings about stem cell therapy tourism

Published: October 16, 2008

MARK COLVIN: Australian scientists are worried about what they describe as a growing industry of stem cell tourism.

More and more people suffering spinal cord injuries, paralysis, cancer and other conditions are travelling to India and China for stem cell treatment.

One Indian Doctor who offers foreign patients embryonic stem cell therapy is speaking at a fundraising event in Melbourne tomorrow night.

Races help local spinal cord research

Published: October 16, 2008

More than 200 people heard about work with adult stem cells to treat Parkinson’s disease and innovative Physical Therapy to restore function and feeling to paralyzed limbs at a kickoff dinner and fundraiser on Oct. 10, as part of the fifth annual Oceano Dunes Beach Race and Festival (see related story).

The festival is a three-day event to raise money for two area nonprofit foundations: SCI Research Advancement, a Santa Ynez Valley foundation dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries, and The Clayton Memorial Foundation in San Luis Obispo, which helps injured motorcycle riders.