Monthly Archives: February 2013
Missy Jenkins was paralyzed from the chest down in the 1997 Heath High School shooting. Her faith, courage and determination enabled her to forgive the shooter and move forward with her life. Today she is an inspiration to people worldwide, and shares her positive message in I Choose to be Happy: A School Shooting Survivor’s Triumph Over Tragedy.
Dan Cummings enjoyed playing sports as he grew up in Hyde Park, especially football and baseball. He played defensive tackle and was on the kick return team at Xaverian Brothers High School, which won the MIAA Division 1 Super Bowl in 1998.
On June 24, 2000, Cummings went to a lake with some friends. “It was a typical summer night,” he said. “I decided to go for a swim.”
He dove into shallow water, opened his eyes and realized he couldn’t move. His friends pulled him out of the water and called 911. He was taken to Boston Medical Center and after spending three weeks on a ventilator, he began to breathe a little on his own. Doctors told his family that he was going to survive, but as a C6 quadriplegic he would never walk again.
Missy was one of eight students in a prayer group who were shot by a fellow student in the lobby of their Padukah, Kentucky high school. Her fortitude and faith keep her speaking on today’s urgent issues.
Reconstructive hand surgery can dramatically enhance the life quality and independence of those paralysed by a cervical spinal cord injury. Despite this, the operation is not frequently performed, either in Sweden or elsewhere. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy are now hoping to change that.
A cervical spinal cord injury entails paralysis in both arms and legs, severely limiting daily life for its victims. Previous studies have shown that the capability that those with cervical spinal cord injuries most wish to recover is a functioning hand.
TORONTO — Randy Kells says he was fired like a torpedo head-first into the hockey rink boards, shattering his spine and severing his spinal cord.
“It was life-altering,” the 54-year-old Kells said of the accident which occurred in November 1988.
Then 29 years old, Kells jumped to avoid a collision between players. When he landed, his skate hit a rut and he skidded along the ice for 10 feet, colliding with the boards.
During the past four years, important New York State funding for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) have been diverted to offset the New York State budget deficit. The end result has been a loss of support for:
- New cutting-edge therapies for New Yorkers with spinal cord injuries;
- Funding for recruitment of spinal cord research scientists;
- Training new new spinal cord injury physicians and scientists; and
- New inventions and technology for spinal cord injury therapies and treatment.
SCIRP has been funded through a law that stipulates a surcharge on those convicted of moving traffic violations since 1998. The statute stipulates that the program be funded through a new surcharge on moving traffic violations. If you speed in New York State, a surcharge goes into a trust fund for spinal cord research. As moving violations account for many spinal cord injuries, this funding mechanism is appropriate and vital.
iPhone and iPad app based on guide created by Spinal Cord Injuries Australia
A new iPhone and iPad app enables people with spinal cord damage to access information that will help them get their lives back on track after a life-changing injury.
The app was created by Apps-House and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA). It is based on ‘Back on Track’, a guide to life after a spinal cord injury, developed by SCIA.
Advocates seek to end state diversion of millions originally earmarked for research
ALBANY — Millions of dollars in speeding-ticket fees meant for spinal cord research are instead being funneled into the state’s general fund.
A group of researchers, patients and advocates gathered at the state Capitol on Wednesday to highlight the budgetary diversion.
In 1998, under Gov. George Pataki, the state passed legislation which tacked a $5 surcharge to all moving violations to finance the Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund. This fee raises about $150 million annually, and up to $8.5 million of that was intended to assist researchers.
StemCells, Inc. Announces First Patient Cohort Completes Spinal Cord Injury Trial – Gains in Sensory Function Persist 12 Months After Stem Cell Transplant
NEWARK, Calif., Feb. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — StemCells, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEM) today announced that the twelve-month data from the first patient cohort in the Company’s Phase I/II clinical trial of its proprietary HuCNS-SC® product candidate (purified human neural stem cells) for chronic spinal cord injury continued to demonstrate a favorable safety profile, and showed that the considerable gains in sensory function observed in two of the three patients at the six-month assessment have persisted.
David Hudgik is a talented, young freestyle skier who suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury in September, 2011. Learn more about David and see photos and videos.