Some people have natural athletic abilities, and Quebec-born Erin Saari, is one of them.
Five years of pain can wear anyone down. Ask Josh Heine, and he’ll tell you healing often takes longer than expected.
After a near-fatal car crash in 2007, the 28-year-old Paducah native was left with only limited upper mobility. He had to adapt quickly to life as a quadriplegic, or so people told him.
Now after regaining limited use of his arms and legs, and with several wheelchair marathons under his belt, Heine has modeled for Quickie — a global wheelchair manufacturer — since last May. As a marketing student at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, he’ll begin a national ad campaign in April through wheelchair distributor Sunrise Medical.
A hearty smile and a positive attitude are how Greg Aday approaches life each day. This outlook helps to guide Aday as he goes through physical therapy sessions for a spinal cord injury he sustained in an auto accident. Aday’s life changed after he had stopped at a convenience store in Glenn Heights to get gas for his Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck on March 22, 1998.
“Usually, if I had to get gas I would come to Waxahachie. But for some reason that I night, I said, ‘Well I am going to pull in there.’ I got gas. There is a service road that you drive down to get back on the highway. When I was getting back on the highway, there was some lady broken down off to the side. I don’t remember dodging her but evidently, there was a girl that was coming the other way and she was doing about 80 mph,” Aday said. “She is the one that hit me from behind. It knocked me off the service road.
Lessons in life, love and wheelies.
Real life stories from two normal (…ok, somewhat normal) girls living extraordinary lives with men who don’t let their wheelchairs define them.
Wheel Love is a place where people can come to learn about the good, the bad and the ridiculously funny aspects of living with and loving someone in a wheelchair. It’s also a place where people in similar situations can find support, encouragement and friendship through our words, our videos and our experiences.
This video was done as part of a project for one of Sam’s classes in nursing school. The people interviewed are very near and dear to our hearts and we hope that once you hear their stories they will have stolen a little piece of your heart as well.
My love for the game of baseball began the moment I picked up a bat and a ball at two years old. From that day forward, I couldn’t put them down. Fast forward 17 years and I was fully intent on chasing my childhood and lifelong dream to be a Major League Baseball player.
By February 2011, I was still beaming from a steamroll of of successes over the previous year: My high school had won our division championship, finishing first throughout the state of California. I had won every individual award possible, ranging from League MVP to California State Player of the Year.
I was a healthy physiotherapist cycling to work when I was hit by a car – and suffered the injuries I used to treat
In November 2008 I was cycling through Greenwich Park as part of my daily commute to the Royal London hospital. I saw a car suddenly turn in front of me and I knew I couldn’t miss it. Time froze for an instant as I prayed for a miracle to save me. That is THE moment that changed me, no other moment has had such a profound impact on my life.
THREE YEARS AGO then 20-year-old Jack Kavanagh had the world at his feet when fate struck him an incredibly cruel blow. Now, he’s about to show us what a truly indomitable spirit is as he embarks on a road trip along the west coast of America.
August 2012. Having just finished first year Pharmacy at Trinity College, the windsurfing lifeguard was holidaying in Portugal with friends while he contemplated what came next.
Clinton Township — Charlie Parkhill talks with his hands. It’s remarkable, given that 17 years ago, an accident left him unable to move his body below his neck.
Parkhill was a CPA with his own business when, in 1998, he went on vacation with his wife to Mexico. While he was coming out of the water, a giant wave hit him and knocked him onto his head, bruising and partially severing his spinal cord.
The doctors told him physical therapy beyond the first year was a waste of time, that he would never walk again. But Parkhill was stubborn.
CHAD Graham’s left hand, you notice, is strapped onto the steering wheel of his customised buggy.
Not around the wheel. Onto it.
“My fingers and hand, they can’t really grip anything,’’ he explains. “So I’m strapped on and steer with my wrist.
“Then, because I can’t operate the brake or accelerator pedals either, my right hand is tied into the top of this gearstick.”