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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Healthy Eating for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: January 31, 2010


19-year-old Dominique Harris is a C5-C6 quadriplegic and former patient at National Rehabilitation Hospital.

Can spinal cord injury patients with bed sores develop autonomic dysreflexia?

Published: January 29, 2010

Autonomic Dysreflexia (or hyperreflexia) is a dangerous condition that can occur with bed sore patients or patients with spinal cord injuries above the middle of the chest (usually above T-5). Autonomic dysreflexia occurs when an irritation or pain (frequently caused by bed sores) below the level of the spinal cord injury sends a signal that fails to reach the brain.

Paralyzed soccer girl returns to school doing wheelies

Published: January 29, 2010

Five weeks after collapsing on a soccer field with an injury that paralyzed her lower body, Mackenzie Saunders returned to school this week.

Her fellow sixth-graders at Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School in Ahwatukee saw Mackenzie, 11, get a special key to use the elevator, do wheelies in a child-sized wheelchair and show a confident smile to tell the world everything is okay.

Helping Out in Haiti

Published: January 27, 2010

Over the last couple of weeks, the Reeve Foundation has focused on supporting relief efforts that are directed at the people of Haiti with existing and newly acquired disabilities.

Winter Sports for People with Paralysis

Published: January 27, 2010


Disabled competitive athletes will take the stage and compete in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, wheelchair curling, ice sledge hockey, and a biathlon (a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting).

Man In Motion to carry Olympic Torch in Richmond

Published: January 27, 2010

Man In Motion Rick Hansen has been named as the community torchbearer when the Olympic Torch Relay completes its Richmond leg on Tuesday, February 9, 2010.

“Rick is both an international hero and a tireless community volunteer,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We’re proud to have him represent Richmond by carrying the torch and lighting the cauldron during our community celebration. It will not only celebrate the imminent opening of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, it will be a fitting tribute to the 25th anniversary of Rick’s incredible Man In Motion World Tour.”

Conquer the Grand Canyon!

Published: January 26, 2010

The Grand Canyon speaks for itself. I have not been, but you better believe I’m going as soon as I get this whole, “Can we go see Mickey Mouse’s Club House” thing out of my son’s system.

The Foundation sent a team last fall (pictured here) and everyone one of them loved it. Some in chairs, some not. The group that we are working with — The Walking Connection — has adventures for all levels of abilities.

Wheelchair mobility at the tip of the tongue

Published: January 25, 2010


The first clinical trials of the Tongue Drive system, as it is called, tested the ability of individuals with high-level spinal cord injuries to navigate the wheelchair using only tongue movements.

Camper manufacturer powers chairs with gasoline engine for use outdoors

Published: January 24, 2010

Necedah firm off to the races with wheelchair idea

Necedah – A Wisconsin camper manufacturer, inspired by an employee who uses a wheelchair to get around, has developed a motorized wheelchair that soon could be giving people with spinal cord injuries the mobility to participate in off-road activities such as hunting and fishing.

Powered by a small motorcycle engine, the chair is capable of speeds up to 25 mph and is geared to handle hills.

Keith Shirk: Seizing the future by overcoming the past

Published: January 24, 2010

Keith Shirk is animated when he talks.

His face is expressive. He gestures frequently with his hands. He’s come light-years since the June 2001 accident that that paralyzed him from the chest down.

“At first, in the hospital,” he says, “all I could do was lift my left shoulder.” Now, nine years after he dove into the Ocean City, Md., surf and hit his head on a sandbar, he’s checked off many of the goals he set for himself.

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