Monthly Archives: January 2011
Chris Lesanko is standing and extending his arm for a handshake as the interview begins.
The small gesture wouldn’t normally be all that remarkable, but Lesanko is a quadriplegic who spends most of his day in a wheelchair.
His upright position is the result of a standing frame, a mechanical device that takes him from sitting to standing, putting his leg muscles to work and benefiting from blood circulation. The increased range of motion with his arms is the result of hard work.
And a lot of that progress was achieved in Carlsbad, Calif., at Project Walk, an intensive exercise and wellness program geared to those with spinal cord injuries.
“Life is not measured by the number breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” This quote has two meanings for me. The first meaning is exactly how it’s stated. The second is a literal and personal meaning. Life is not measured by the number breaths I take, which happens to be 18 breaths a minute, but by the moment that took my breath away. On November 1, 2002 I was in a car accident. I broke my neck at C1 C2 and injured my spinal cord.
Tom Strang is proud of his guns.
Not just the long-barreled sort he fires in air gun competitions around the country. There are the others, the muscles he has been sculpting nearly every day in a makeshift gym in his Cecil home.
“You want to see that you’re getting better each year,” he says of his biceps.
More than 500 athletes are expected in Pittsburgh Aug. 1-6 for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
Determined as she was to explore the Honduras village of Copan, Deborah Sakach learned that her wheelchair was simply not going to work on the village’s cobblestone streets.
Still, recalls Sakach, who spent part of her time in Honduras working with an organization giving away wheelchairs “to people with my condition – polio,” she also discovered on that trip that “it is better to go than stay home, even if you can’t see and do everything.”
David and Jennifer Sharp of Chester, VA have given birth to a very special baby boy. Colin, born December 8th was conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) thanks to a financial grant awarded by The Cade Foundation in Baltimore, MD.
David and Jennifer Sharp of Chester, VA have given birth to a very special baby boy.
‘Everything is falling in on us’
When Sharon Kelly bought into a raffle at Frames You-Nique in Gainesville, she had no idea that it would help her buy groceries.
On a whim, she spent the last few dollars she had to purchase a bag of popcorn with a prize hidden inside. Some bags had coupons hidden in them, but there was one with a grand prize.
“It was pretty amazing that I actually won $100,” Kelly said. “I never win anything.”
Cutting-edge spinal cord research team eliminates critical bottlenecks
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, part of University of Miami, Florida, comprises a dedicated team of scientists who are researching a variety of treatment strategies for individuals with spinal cord injury. Dr. John Bixby and I head one of the Project’s laboratories, The Laboratory for Axon Growth and Guidance. At our laboratory, also known as the LemBix Laboratory, we conduct high-content screening (HCS) of neurons with the aim of finding new or improved treatments for spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders. HCS offers an ideal way to identify genes, molecular pathways and, ultimately, drugs that can promote the regeneration of central nervous system nerve cells.
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To provide mobility, educational and recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mobility challenges and their families.
Abusiness model that empowers leaders, develops teamwork and promotes a strategic vision is part of a Chicago technology group’s efforts to network, update members’ skills and gain greater employment opportunities.
Steven Luker, a Portage Park native who lives in Wheaton, says the group, called ITKAN for IT Knowledge Abilities Network, has introduced him to new opportunities and given him greater confidence to “get out there and talk to people in the industry.”