Monthly Archives: April 2013
Hands-Free Harmonica is the only harmonica instruction program specializing in teaching blues harmonica to people who have sustained a high level spinal cord injury.
Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe spends a day in a wheelchair to support our efforts to pass the Jablonski Rodreick SCI TBI Research Bill.
Spinal cord injury research at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health will be accelerated by a 10-year, $20 million contribution from the Rick Hansen Foundation.
The International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), a UBC-VCH research centre, will share the funds with the Rick Hansen Institute, which coordinates and assists spinal cord injury researchers around the world.
There are moments in time that can forever alter your life. Evan Cronhardt’s life changed its course on April 10, 2008 as he was driving across an intersection near his Severn home. His Jeep was struck by a vehicle that may have been racing on Quarterfield Road.
Evan was thrown from his Jeep, then crushed as it rolled over on him.
He recalls the suffocating weight of of his Jeep and the tracheotomy he endured as paramedics worked to save his life.
When he awoke in a Baltimore hospital, his spine was crushed and his pelvis was broken, paralyzing him from the neck down. He started a long series of operations as doctors tried to repair his multiple broken vertebrae.
CAMBRIDGE — Mark Pollock was accustomed to facing challenges most people would never dream of when he suffered a setback three years ago that left him broken in body, if not in spirit.
Blind since the age of 22, Pollock, a native of Northern Ireland, had conquered one frontier after another as an extreme adventure athlete. He’d run marathons in the Gobi Desert, in the shadow of Mt. Everest, and by the banks of the Dead Sea. In 2009, he became the first blind man to race to the South Pole on skis, a 22-day trek in temperatures that dipped into the minus-50s. A year later, Pollock co-skippered a boat in the Round Ireland Yacht Race, a grueling, 1,400-mile test of physical endurance and seamanship.
BUTTE — Who hasn’t done what Calven Goza did? But unlike so many, Goza paid a steep price.
On May 3, 2012, Goza, a student at Montana Tech, was socializing with friends. It was the end of a long semester, and Goza and a few friends were drinking at area bars. Somewhere along the line, however, things went terribly wrong.
The five friends were traveling east on Highway 43 between Dewey and Divide in a 2003 Grand Prix when the car hit a rock wall on the south side of the roadway. The car went airborne for about 68 feet and rolled several times.
Paul Erway recognizes a big challenge, and he’s not one to back down from it.
Erway, a paraplegic since a car accident in 1980, is one of three members of the “50 Ability Marathon Team” affiliated with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation dedicated to curing spinal cord injury.
Erway and two other wheelchair athletes, Grant Berthiaume and Aaron Roux, are attempting to compete in 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 weeks.
Sunday’s Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon will be the 13th marathon for the trio.
“It’s a big challenge,” Erway said. “You always need to have something to shoot for. Everybody needs goals.”
New treatments leverage “neuroplasticity,” the nervous system’s innate ability to repair itself
When Christopher Reeve became quadriplegic, there was little hope for patients with spinal cord injury. Now researchers are combining what they know about the central nervous system’s ability to rewire and regrow with a new understanding of the hidden smarts of the spinal cord to dramatically improve treatments.
Even the most devastating spinal cord injuries usually do not completely sever the link between the brain, spine and the rest of the body. Scientists are now finding ways to make the most of the remaining connections using a variety of technologies. Studies on electrical stimulation and locomotor training (a treatment that relies on human or robotic assistance during a walking exercise) suggest that it is possible to regrow damaged neuronal circuits in the brain and spine and recover some voluntary control. Some of these studies find that circuits in the spinal cord itself can be coaxed into helping the body move again.
To improve the quality of life for the growing population of Americans who live and work in wheelchairs by providing a national, state and local information marketplace which supplies support, empowerment opportunities, awareness, advocacy, and a sense of community to those who by illness or injury share extraordinary life challenges.
FRANKLIN, Indiana — After Nancy Cotterill’s husband broke his neck in 2001, she became his primary caregiver.
Unsure of what to do or how to proceed, she searched online for information about disability and tips on care. Frustratingly, she realized it was difficult for people using wheelchairs and their caretakers to find useful information if they had questions.