Matt Ficarra was paralyzed from the chest down in a freak boating accident in 2011, but he didn’t let that prevent him from walking down the aisle on Saturday night… literally. Continue Reading »
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The dreams always return in October, just before the anniversary.
They’re vivid. They’re graphic.
They’re always the same.
Steve Klemz is 17 again. He’s playing football. He’s playing hockey.
He’s running free. And then he’s not.
“What happens is when I run down the football field, my legs turn to rubber,” Klemz said. “If I jump over the boards and start skating, my legs turn to rubber. Continue Reading »
When living with a spinal cord injury (SCI), there are more challenges than just not being able to walk. There are other healthcare issues that are very important.
Here are a few of the secondary conditions mentioned by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Continue Reading »
Second chances are rare in sports, but when surfing phenom Jesse Billauer got his, he also wanted to share it with others like him.
As a 17-year-old amateur surfer in 1996, Billauer was flung head first from his surfboard onto a sandbar. Billauer sustained a spinal cord injury, and doctors diagnosed him as a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the midchest down.
Then in 1999, with the help of his family and friends, he founded a non-profit organization, Life Rolls On, that uses sports to improve quality of life for those suffering from spinal cord injuries. That same year Billauer got back on his surfboard. Continue Reading »
Un Moving Four Ward: Tales and Tips For Keeping Perspective Despite Life’s Challenges is Bob’s story. Equal parts humorous, inspirational, informative, and painfully honest, Un Moving Four Ward provides ample doses of tough love, highlights the impact of a loving mother, and calls you to live the one life you’ve been given to its absolute fullest. Continue Reading »
Adventurer Bob Bell won’t let paralysis keep him from living his life.
Bob Bell is a funny, smart, inquisitive, witty guy.
The kind of fellow that any guy would love to add to his real world friends list.
“So what’s the deal with the Hebrew tattoo on your arm?” he’s asked.
“It’s actually ‘Thy will be done’ from the Lord’s Prayer,” he said. Then his eyes start to twinkle a bit behind his stylish glasses. “I don’t know if God speaks English, but I heard he has a son who speaks Hebrew.” Continue Reading »
R.O.A.R. is a missions/ministry based organization whose purpose is to redefine limitations and empower those with disabilities to see their God-given ability through outdoor activities.
R.O.A.R. seeks to educate, assist, and mediate for those with disabilities to minimize obstacles in outdoor settings and to challenge stereotypes. We intend to create opportunities for those with disabilities to step out beyond the point of fear or apprehension to discover outdoor passions and desires. Continue Reading »
The word “can’t” is not in quadriplegic Mike Hudson’s vocabulary.
He’s on a mission to motivate the disabled to be more active outdoors and to travel, as well as educate others about ways to make that happen.
Hudson, 42, of Greenwood, recently founded R.O.A.R. — Rediscovering Outdoor Activities and Recreation — a nonprofit organization that received its tax-exempt approval from the IRS in July. Continue Reading »
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Pensacola, Fla., is more than 1,100 miles from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., but Robert Bell found himself feeling right at home as soon as he visited the Minnesota campus.
The university turned out to be the site of a life-changing event: While an undergraduate student, Bell was accidentally paralyzed while roughhousing with another young man.
Bell became the third St. John’s student to graduate in a wheelchair. Continue Reading »
French joins the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation’s effort to cure paralysis in next decade.
St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 – Joining Conquer Paralysis Now as its first champion in the movement to cure paralysis in the next decade is Paralympic silver medalist and quadriplegic Jennifer French.
As a result of a snowboarding accident, French became a quadriplegic from a spinal cord injury in 1998. Now, she has joined a new effort to help find a cure for paralysis. Continue Reading »