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Quadriplegic working to get people with disabilities outdoors

Published: August 9, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Mike HudsonThe 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 »

Paralympian Jen French Announced as Conquer Paralysis Now’s First Champion

Published: July 22, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Conquer Paralysis NowFrench 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 »

Wheelchair rugby a family affair for mom and son

Published: June 20, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Josh Dyckwheelchair rugby playerJohn Quist is one of the youngest in Canada to survive a severed spinal cord

Berni Quist choked back tears as her shy, 11-year-old son, Josh Dyck, guided his wheelchair out to centre court Thursday at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

The youngest wheelchair rugby player in North America was honoured at the opening of the Canada Cup international tournament. The beaming kid, wearing his KOs jersey that’s Kelowna/Okanagan, and pronounced chaos and a ball cap turned backwards, was given a game ball and sweatshirt by veteran national team player Garrett Hickling, who also grew up in Kelowna. Continue Reading »

Paralysis leads to business success

Published: April 14, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Paul Farthing Southeast MedicalOn July 27, 1993, 19-year-old Paul Farthing was playing with his Great Dane pup near his backyard pool.

“I had just shaved my head and was preparing to go back to The Citadel. I was selected for the Training Cadre,” said Farthing, now 39.

He was playfully taunting the pup to get her to chase him toward the pool, and then he’d jump in. The puppy wasn’t ready for water sports, so she didn’t follow. During one of his jumps, Farthing found himself at the shallow end of the pool. Continue Reading »

Young wrestler battles back after spinal cord injury

Published: March 17, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Hunter GarstinHunter Garstin, 15, shows remarkable improvement 100 days after getting hurt during a match

ATLANTA — If Hunter Garstin gets the chance to wrestle again — if his body and his parents cooperate — he will.

But the 15-year-old Franklin, Ga. resident realizes that’s a long way off.

The Independence High School freshman suffered a spinal cord injury at a wrestling tournament 100 days ago. He was initially paralyzed from the neck down, but he has regained full use of his arms and partial use of his hands. He can manually operate a wheelchair and is working toward walking again. Continue Reading »

Victory Over Paralysis

Published: March 14, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Victory Over Paralysis – It’s our goal. It’s what motivates us as we fashion each experiment after, document and categorize each participant’s progress with. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed Pepperell man has inspirational story

Published: March 9, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Brian BeekPEPPERELL — Brian Beek is not a competitive person. Never has been, he says. Not even back when he was able-bodied.

However, the 46-year-old father of two has tackled considerable physical challenges since being paralyzed from the chest down in an all-terrain vehicle accident in June 2008. Continue Reading »

The PerfIC Cath

Published: February 15, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

The PerfIC Cath catheter was created by Dr. Glen House, a C7 complete quadriplegic (aka: tetraplegic) who could not use any other intermittent catheters on the market because of limited dexterity. He needed a super easy-to-use catheter that was mess-free and reduced the risk of infection. Continue Reading »

Roman Reed honored for stem cell advocacy

Published: December 5, 2013 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Roman Reed honoredThe World Stem Cell Summit honored five champions of stem cell research Thursday evening. They are: Philanthropists Denny Sanford and Malin Burnham; stem cell researcher/blogger/patient advocate Paul Knoepfler; medical journal publisher Mary Ann Liebert, and patient advocate Roman Reed.

For this blog post, I’m writing about Reed, because he gave arguably the most memorable speech advocating more stem cell research.

A spinal cord injury from a college football accident left Reed mostly paralyzed. He’s recovered use of his arms, but cannot walk. Reed and his father, Don, were among the foremost proponents of Prop. 71, the initiative that set aside $3 billion in bond money to fund stem cell research and disease treatments in California. Continue Reading »

Still Me, part two

Published: May 14, 2013 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Janice Michaela Wray“It’s like going from 21 to zero, when you first learn to crawl and walk. Now I have to learn to move my body in a whole different way.”

When Janice Wray lost control of her car on Route 95 in Connecticut last year, everything stopped. A 2009 graduate of East Greenwich High School, Janice was in her third year of nursing school at the University of Rhode Island. Now, suddenly, she was paralyzed from her chest down.

“It’s like going from 21 to zero, when you first learn to crawl and walk,” Janice says now. “I have to learn to move my body in a whole different way.” Continue Reading »