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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Overcoming spinal cord injuries one bungee jump at a time

Published: August 23, 2012

Live it! Love it! Foundation hosts adventure camp in Whistler

“Just because some people can’t walk, doesn’t mean they can’t paraglide,” said Josh Dueck, board member and peer mentor for the Live it! Love it! Foundation.

That’s the kind of mentality and energy behind the organization’s Freewheel Whistler Adaptive Adventure Camp that took place over the past week.

Spinal Cord Injury Patient Walks After 26 Years in Wheel Chair Thanks To Stem...

Published: August 23, 2012

After 26 years in a wheel chair William Orr is walking. It is with the assistance of a walker, but he is walking. Orr is walking to get his mail, he is walking to rehab from his car and he is planning on walking into his 35th high school reunion.

After 26 years in a wheel chair William Orr is walking. Granted it is with the assistance of a walker, but he is walking. Orr is walking to get his mail, he is walking to rehab from his parked car and he is planning on walking into his 35th high school reunion.

Claim of ‘blood boosting’ at Paralympic Games

Published: August 23, 2012

BBC World Service documentary suggests practice of artificially boosting blood pressure remains widespread

There is no evidence British Paralympians are involved in the banned practice of artificially “boosting” blood pressure to improve performance, officials said following claims that up to 30% of those athletes with spinal damage may be doing it.

A BBC World Service documentary, Cheating at the Paralympics, that aired on Thursday night, suggested the practice – banned by the International Paralympic Committee since 1994 – remains widespread.

So-called “boosting” involves the deliberate induction of a dangerous condition common to quadriplegics called autonomic dysreflexia, which boosts blood pressure and the heart rate.

Darrell Gwynn Foundation celebrates a decade

Published: August 22, 2012

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a fundraiser at Passion nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. The event is being presented by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and proceeds will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, which aims to provide support for people with paralysis and prevent spinal cord injuries.

“What started as a small dream 10 years ago with a conversation over lunch with my wife Lisa and father, Jerry, has really grown into something bigger than we could have ever imagined. I never thought we’d be donating 30 power wheelchairs a year, teaching 10,000 students annually and participating in various events around the country helping so many people in need. This is a celebration of where we started and how far we’ve come,” said President of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Darrell Gwynn.

Brokeback River Hotdog

Published: August 19, 2012

In 2007 a paraplegic and his two friends paddled the length of the Mississippi river. To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the finish, they are releasing a short documentary film about their Odyssey on YouTube.

Wheelchair hero’s 2,485-mile journey for Kenya’s first spinal injury rehab unit

Published: August 18, 2012

Zachary Kimotho’s journey has fired Kenya’s imagination

A Kenyan man who was paralysed after being shot by carjackers nine years ago has caught the imagination of the nation by embarking on a 2,485-mile journey to South Africa on a manual wheelchair to seek treatment for his spinal injuries. Zachary Kimotho, a 44-year-old veterinarian, began the journey in June with the aim of raising £1.9m to build a spinal injury treatment unit in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

On the first phase of his journey, Kimotho raised £650,000 and covered 78 miles of the route to South Africa, where the nearest spinal cord injury rehabilitation centre is.

One-on-One with Roman Reed, spinal cord injury patient advocate

Published: August 17, 2012

The community of patient advocates is full of the most passionate, goal-oriented people you’ll ever meet, and Roman Reed is near the top of the list.

Reed, paralyzed in 1994 from a tackle during a Chabot College football game, has been one of the most visible advocates for stem cell research funding through the San Francisco-based California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, or CIRM. He also was a poster child for a state law passed a law in 2000 to fund spinal injury paralysis research through the state’s general fund.

But in the course of California’s budget meltdown, desperate state officials took away the spinal cord research funds.

Paralyzed girl, 17, continues progress

Published: August 17, 2012

Fundraisers set for this, next weekend

UNION — It hasn’t been easy, but 17-year-old Abby Marsh is slowly making progress.

The senior soccer star from Ryle High School was a passenger in a pickup truck on May 21 near Warsaw when the truck slid off the slick road and hit a tree.

Abby suffered a severe spinal cord injury, leaving her paralyzed from the neck down, and had to undergo an immediate 12-hour surgery to reconstruct her neck.

Today, she has movement in her arms and is in very good spirits. She has a long road ahead but is ready for the challenge.

“She has a great attitude,” said her mother, Reta Marsh, “and she believes in the power of faith.”

Ellsworth, WI woman hasn’t let a catastrophic injury stop her

Published: August 4, 2012

Kathy Schuh likely never realized how prophetic she was in 1997.

I spoke with Kathy shortly after her daughter, Natasha, 16 at the time, was severely injured after falling through a trapdoor during a musical rehearsal at a Red Wing, Minn., theater and landing about 16 feet below. The spinal cord injury left her paralyzed from the chest down.

“She is a very determined girl,” Kathy said of her daughter 14 years ago. “There’s a lot of fight in her, and that’s what will get her through this. She won’t lay back and let go.”

Tasha, as she is commonly known, has epitomized her mother’s statement. This 31-year-old is an accomplished motivational speaker, is finishing an inspirational book on her life, recently won the Ms. Wheelchair U.S.A. title, and is looking forward to marriage, family and whatever God has in store for her.

Get in Touch With The Intouchables

Published: August 3, 2012

Maybe you’ve heard the buzz about The Weinstein Company’s The Intouchables, the French film that more than a third of that country has seen. Don’t miss it.

Based on a true story, this is a touchingly comedic and unapologetic movie about someone living with high-level paralysis. My many friends and colleagues who live with paralysis declare it honest and accurate. More importantly, this is a story of human connection. About discovering the commonality among all of us, no matter how distant that connection might initially seem.