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Israeli Traveller Conquers Heaphy Track in Wheelchair

Published: January 14, 2015 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Arnon Amit in New Zealand thumbArnon Amit from Israel arrived in Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand on January 2, 2015, after successfully negotiating the Heaphy Track in a wheelchair.

The Heaphy Track is one of New Zealand’s nine “Great Walks” and the only one on which mountain biking is permitted (from May 1 to September 30). The track is approximately 80 kilometers long and traverses the Kahurangi National Park at the top of the South Island. Most people walk, ride or now roll, the Heaphy Track from Collingwood in Golden Bay through to Karamea on the West Coast. Continue Reading »

NY bride walks down aisle making a dream come true

Published: January 1, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

AUSABLE FORKS, N.Y. – An Ausable Forks woman is starting 2015 by making a dream come true. Continue Reading »

Fearless like a child — overcoming adversity | Jack Kavanagh | TEDxTallaght

Published: November 7, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Jack Kavanagh a young student broke his neck doing something he had done hundreds of times that summer. Here he tells his inspirational story of how he had to adapt to a new normal Continue Reading »

Exercise brings hope to those paralysed by spinal injuries

Published: June 27, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Injured Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnonExercise therapy research at the University of Newcastle has brought profound improvements to limbs that were paralysed, doctors say.

The award-winning laboratory research is bringing hope of restored muscle function to those suffering paralysis from spinal damage, potentially including injured Newcastle Knights player, Alex McKinnon.

Neurophysiologist Dr Michelle Rank believes exercise is more beneficial than any other therapy currently available, even for patients with long-term injuries. 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 »

Meet Chris Hrabik, The Quadriplegic Rally Car Racer

Published: February 16, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Chris Hrabik Quadriplegic Rally Car RacerRally car racing is popular in Europe and Canada, but it has a much lower profile in the United States. It is a dangerous sports in which racers thrash through rural, gravel roads at high speeds in street-legal cars as they try to score the fastest time.

Chris Hrabik, from Sedgewickville, will compete in a nationally-sponsored rally this week in Salem, Missouri. And here’s the twist – he’s a quadriplegic.

Chris Hrabik can usually be found leaning over a huge sheets of metal, making precision cuts with a plasma cutter. In the corner of his nearly completed shop sit a half-dozen five-foot tall metal sunflowers. Continue Reading »

Bride-to-be perseveres to walk down aisle after spinal-cord injury

Published: August 22, 2013 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Alissa Boyle shows her wedding invitationJust like any other bride, Alissa Boyle finds herself immersed in

wedding plans leading up to her Sept. 7 exchange of vows with Nathan Grimes at Lisbon Trinity Friends Church.

And just like most brides, Boyle envisions walking down the aisle with her father, Jim, while her mother, Lori, and family and friends watch.

But Boyle’s preparation is unlike other brides. She spends hours in physical therapy and exercising at home to make that vision a reality. She was injured in an accident Feb. 20, 2012, that damaged her spinal cord. She and a friend had stopped to assist at a car accident but ended up being hurt themselves. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed ex-O.C. star fights through challenges

Published: January 20, 2012 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Former Mater Dei baseball player Cory Hahn, who was paralyzed during a college baseball game in February 2011, has returned to Arizona State University to resume his studies this semester. He will come back to Orange County for the first Trinity Bat Company Home Run Challenge, a Cory Hahn Fund charity event on Saturday at El Dorado High.

With every new day for Cory Hahn comes another challenge and another triumph, one that we won’t read about in the baseball box scores or newspaper sports pages that once chronicled the supreme talents of this former Mater Dei All-America outfielder and left-handed pitcher. Continue Reading »

Local woman pursues dream despite spinal-cord injury

Published: December 14, 2011 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

PLATTSBURGH — Michaela Bushey may not have command over the movement of her legs, but the 21-year-old still manages to take command of nearly 115 high-school students.

From her wheelchair, Bushey conducted Plattsburgh High School’s mixed chorus in a rendition of Rollo Dilworth’s “Take Me to the Water” during their Winter Concert Monday night. Continue Reading »