Monthly Archives: August 2009
In 2004, a skydiving accident left Jim Carlaccini with a T-12 complete spinal cord injury. Always having an interest for aviation since a young age, he didn’t let the accident stop him from getting back into the air.
“Aviation is my passion,” says Carlaccini, age 55. “I refer to it more as a passion than a hobby.” Having received his pilot’s license in 1989, Carlaccini began skydiving in 1995.
After his accident, he purchased a weight-shift control aircraft, also referred to as a “trike.” “It maneuvers by shifting your weight,” explains Carlaccini. “You don’t need to use your feet to operate it.”
Michele Lee, 26, is a woman with a good job, an apartment in the city, a talent for painting and an independent, adventurous spirit. She doesn’t let being in a wheelchair keep her from enjoying being young and enjoying all the fruits the city of Chicago has to offer.
In 2003, two days before her graduation from the University of Arizona, Lee was in a car accident on her way to pick up her parents at the airport. Her C5 vertebra was fractured, resulting in, as she puts it matter-of-factly, “the whole paralysis thing.” She was left with no sensory or motor function in her legs and very little function in her arms and hands.
Carolina Gonzalez-Bunster is walking 500 miles in 32 days.
Beginning on August 1, Gonzalez-Bunster, 26, will be embarking on an 800-kilometer walk, just under the length of the east coast of Florida, along the northern trail of the Camino of Santiago of Compostela, to raise awareness for her organization, The Walkabout Foundation.
Walking for a reason
Just this year, Gonzalez-Bunster left her job as a financial analyst to launch the Foundation. “The stock market crashed and the economy deteriorated,” says Gonzalez-Bunster. “I thought it was the perfect moment to leave and start a foundation in honor of my brother, something I had wanted to do for fifteen years.”
The American Dietetic Association has published new evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines for registered dietitians on nutrition care for patients with spinal cord injury.
The guidelines contain systematically developed recommendations to assist practitioners in appropriate nutrition care
The Eric Westacott Foundation has raised over $30,000 for physical therapy for 11-year old Alex Malarkey. The funds will allow young Alex to participate in two separate two-week programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury in Baltimore, Maryland, and to receive a Functional Electrical Stimulus (FES) bike and tilt-table donated by Lorraine Valentini and Chris Reyling.
The Eric Westacott Foundation (EWF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the study and cure of spinal cord injuries (SCI), announced today that it has raised over $30,000 to provide physical therapy for 11-year old Alex Malarkey.
Time running out on local man’s medical coverage
PANAMA CITY — Pictures of Michael Harris and children in wheelchairs, children with cancer and veterans home from Iraq line the walls of his hospital room at Bay Medical Center. They’re memories from the many years when Michael volunteered with Buckmasters and the Way Outfitters, teaching terminally ill and disabled children and adult veterans how to hunt and fish in the Florida Panhandle.
One 8-year-old boy with leukemia whom Michael took out hunting was able to shoot three deer. Another 8-year-old with spina bifida went hunting and fishing with Michael and was able to shoot his first deer. Michael also initiated and coordinated with local EMS employees a campaign to voluntarily mow lawns for the wives of National Guard members serving in Iraq.
AHMEDABAD: In what is seen as a boost to the stem cell research in the country, India would soon get to host human clinical trials for therapies using umbilical blood cord (UBC) stem cell.
Chennai-based Apollo Hospital, America’s largest stem cell company StemCyte and Dr Wise Young, a leading expert on spinal cord injury, are in talks for conducting clinical trials in India using stem cell derived from UBC. The companies may ink an agreement by the end of this year.
A jab that helps heal damaged spinal cords and eases paralysis is being developed by British scientists.
It is hoped that patients such as car crash victims could be given back the use of their hands, allowing them to eat and drink without help and even to return to work.
While the jab offers improvements that may seem small compared to the possibility of making the wheelchair-bound walk again, it could bring a huge benefits in terms of quality of life.
Scientists are developing an injection that will help heal damaged spinal cords and ease paralysis.
Some Go for the Gold; Others Just Want to ‘Feel Normal Again’
CHICAGO — When Maryland native Keith Buckman regained consciousness in a Bethesda hospital last July, he knew he would never again play football, basketball or soccer, the sports he had loved growing up in Forestville. He barely survived a 2008 suicide bombing in Iraq’s Anbar province that killed 25 people, including three fellow Marines. His legs and one arm were shattered.
He never dreamed that a year later he would be training for the Paralympic Games, hoping for a berth in “mono-skiing” at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver or in wheelchair basketball at the 2012 Summer Games in London.
A spinal cord injury can be devastating. It only takes a second, but it lasts forever, changing every aspect of a person’s life.