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Welcome to the hectic lifestyle of IndyCar team owner and quadriplegic Sam Schmidt

Published: June 25, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

sam-schmidt-lifestyleIt was two days after the Indianapolis 500 when Sam Schmidt answered his cellphone and was asked if he finally was home, home being Henderson and Lake Las Vegas.

No, he said. He was at a Taco Bell heading for that weekend’s IndyCar doubleheader in Detroit. He said he hadn’t been home in like forever, that of the next 33 nights or whatever, he would sleep in his own bed only four times.

That sounded like a crazy schedule, I said. Maybe I should write a story about his hectic lifestyle. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic bride marries her Iron Man

Published: June 7, 2016 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Tracy Todd Wedding 1Tracy Todd recently married the man of her dreams in a beautiful ceremony witnessed by friends, family and members of her community.

Tracy Todd’s life changed forever 18 years ago when an accident left her paralysed from the neck down. Tracy was but a newlywed with a 10-month old baby boy. Following the horrific accident Tracy was left to pick up the pieces and start afresh.

In a no-holds barred interview with us, Tracy revealed how she not only lost the use of her upper and lower limbs, but with unflinching honesty, also told us that she lost her career, her independence and her husband (they got divorced a year after the accident). Continue Reading »

Long after his accident, Sam Schmidt takes the wheel again thanks to Project SAM

Published: April 23, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Sam Schmidt and Simon Pagenaud

Sam Schmidt was paralyzed in a testing accident in 2000. Now he can drive again.

In the late 90s, Sam Schmidt had a promising career as an IndyCar driver, finishing fifth in the championship in 1999 after taking his first win in Las Vegas. In off-season, however, his ascension in the sport was derailed. During testing that following January, an accident at Walt Disney World Speedway in Florida left Schmidt a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Wings for Life World Run Ambassador Eric LeGrand: A Work of Art

Published: March 31, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in an October 16, 2010 college football game, fracturing his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae. Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord patient reacts to stem cell breakthrough

Published: January 8, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

WESTLAKE, Ohio —  Cutting edge research being developed in Cleveland could have significant impact on people who’ve suffered spinal cord damage. Continue Reading »

Tetraplegic student completes Tough Mudder Challenge in a wheelchair he controls with his chin

Published: August 23, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Rob Camm enters the mudTough Mudder, which some say is ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’, is a gruelling 12 mile assault course

A student has become the world’s first tetraplegic to take part in Tough Mudder – navigating the gruelling 12-mile course in a pioneering wheelchair he controls with his chin.

Rob Camm, 21, was paralysed in a car crash two years ago which left him with no movement in his body from the neck down just a week before he was due to start university. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed veteran opens spinal cord injury recovery center

Published: July 21, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Stay In Step founder Romy CamargoA paralyzed veteran and his wife have met their fundraising goal and opened a non-profit recovery center for spinal-cord injured patients to recover.

Stay In Step, founded by Romy Camargo and wife, Gaby Camargo, offers treatment, rehabilitation and support services to veterans and civilians in Tampa, Fla., according to a press release.

Romy Camargo was paralyzed by a sniper bullet in 2008, during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. He spent 18 months in intensive inpatient care and then traveled to Orlando twice a week for treatment. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Artist Makes Incredible Paintings Using Only His Mouth

Published: July 16, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Henry FraserNothing will ever come between Henry Fraser and his love for art.

Fraser, an England-based painter, was paralyzed after a traumatic accident six years ago.

While vacationing in Portugal with a few friends, Fraser dove off a dock into shallow waters and dislocated his neck.

According to Huffington Post, Fraser is now paralyzed from the shoulders down, but that won’t stop him from pursuing his true passion: art. Continue Reading »

Think first to help prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries

Published: July 3, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

ThinkFirst logoBilly Roussel is a risk taker. Always has been.

So when he saw a platform high in a tree with a cable over the waters of Lake Bistineau while fishing with 12-year-old son Seth, he didn’t hesitate to shimmy up to it and jump.

“My last words to my son were ‘Here goes nothing.’ When I made the swing, I couldn’t hold on to the cable. I ended up hitting the ground, bouncing off a cypress knee into the water. I knew I had done something. I couldn’t lift my head, I couldn’t move my arms or legs.” Continue Reading »

Paralyzed veteran opens Tampa center for those with spinal cord injuries

Published: June 20, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

StayInStep grand openingWhen the room was just four concrete walls, before it was outfitted with state-of-the-art therapy equipment and a sign that says “Never ever give up,” Romulo and Gabriela Camargo invited a Toyota executive to take a tour.

The couple had been raising money for years, scratching toward their goal of one day opening a recovery center for people with spinal cord injuries, who, like Romulo, were living with paralysis.

Seven years earlier, Romulo — “Romy” — was shot in the neck during an ambush in Afghanistan while serving as an Army Special Forces officer. He came home a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »