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Despite paralysis, Trojan Jack Jablonski is making a name in hockey, the sport he loves

Published: January 5, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

jack-jablonskiInjured as a high school player, the USC communications major is working off the ice with the LA Kings

An on-ice injury during a high school game in 2011 left Jack Jablonski — now a USC communications student — paralyzed from the chest down. But that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing a career in the sport.

Jablonski is interning this season with the Los Angeles Kings as part of the communications department and working in the press box at Staples Center on game nights. Continue Reading »

Artist, Painter and Paralyzed | Mariam Paré

Published: December 15, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Mariam Pare’ is a member of the Mouth & Foot Painting Artists Association Continue Reading »

Adapting to Life with a Spinal Cord Injury Through Laughter: Wes Johnson’s Story

Published: November 24, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Wes Johnson’s life changed instantly when he was ejected from his Jeep and broke his neck. Throughout his recovery, he used jokes and laughter to let his family and friends know that everything was going to be ok. Continue Reading »

Boys to Men: Damien’s Journey

Published: November 13, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Boys-to-Men.-Photography-by-Andrew-Campbell-6“I jumped off the back of a boat, my chin hit the water in a weird way, and I dislocated my spine, the C4 and C5. The instant I hit the water my body just stopped working. I was looking face down at the bottom of the lake and I just couldn’t move.“

Dreams of one day surfing in Bali were dashed by a simple accident. An old friend inadvertently untwists this fate and convinces Damien that a mystical Javanese healer can get him walking again. Cameras are documenting his newfound belief and rapid response to the alternative treatment. Another six to 12 months more treatment and Damien might be fulfilling the dream of one day surfing in Bali. Continue Reading »

Company surprises employee with high-tech wheelchair

Published: October 21, 2015 | Category: Featured Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

WATERBORO (WGME) — A company known for its top-secret tanks is keeping its biggest and best secret for one of their own.

For the past four months employees at Howe and Howe Technologies in Waterboro have been secretly building a “Ripchair 3.0” for Tony Tulo, a salesperson at the company who is paralyzed from the chest down. Continue Reading »

Understanding Disability: Spinal cord injury doesn’t stop Santa Fe man from seeking adventures

Published: October 11, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Gene Rodgers paragliding in Rio de JaneiroThe World Health Organization estimates every year between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury from an accident.

Studies report that men account for 61 percent of all traumatic spinal cord injuries and women 39 percent.

At 17 years old, Gene Rodgers had plans to homestead in Alaska until he fell from a cliff, breaking his neck and causing instant paralysis from the shoulders down. Continue Reading »

Richmond man’s invention gets global attention

Published: October 9, 2015 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Handizap Sixth DigitRICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – When we first met Joshua Smith back in March, he introduced us to the Sixth Digit.

It’s a lofty invention, which allows people who don’t have adequate use of their arms and hands to type and press buttons easier.

Now, just six months later, Josh’s invention has sparked a lot of interest.

“We shipped over a hundred rings out to different countries and states and rehab centers and non-profits for sampling,” Smith says. Continue Reading »

“Advocating with Your Mind and Body” – Josh Basile

Published: October 8, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Josh Basile delivered the Keynote Address at the 2015 Working 2 Walk Symposium. He suffered a spinal cord injury in 2004 and since that time has been an engaged advocate, providing resources for the community through his websites for Determined2Heal and SPINALpedia, and continuing to educate himself about spinal cord injury research and therapies. Continue Reading »

Life of “WHEELCHAIR BOUND” and “CONFINED TO A WHEELCHAIR”

Published: September 7, 2015 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

we are not confined or bound to our wheelchairs

Bond, ropes, captivity, the impossibility of movement and similar association are exactly what most people think when they hear the words “confined to” and “bound”. It is not wrong. Does then it make any sense to say that someone is “confined to a wheelchair” or “wheelchair bound”? No,it is absolutely pointless! Continue Reading »

Neil Sachse’s life as quadriplegic following VFL accident revealed in new book

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

Neil Sachse's life as quadriplegicIn round two of the 1975 VFL season, Neil Sachse was a promising South Australian Aussie Rules footballer playing his second match for Footscray.

He had just come from winning a premiership with SANFL’s North Adelaide and was ready to make his mark on the Victorian competition.

After winning a loose ball in the match against Fitzroy, Mr Sachse turned to run, and ducked into an attacking player.

The split second movement shunted Mr Sachse’s neck and the resultant spinal injury left him a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »