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With UK Doctor’s Support, Former Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky Finds Few Limitations in Life

Published: January 6, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2015) — Pockets on the backside of pants are useless for people who sit in a wheelchair all day. And low-waist jeans can be uncomfortably tight and, even worse, an embarrassment when exposing skin. Continue Reading »

Motocross rider Bruce Cook lands back flip after spinal injury

Published: January 6, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Bruce CookOne year after he injured his spinal cord, Bruce Cook says he has come a long way

Motocross stunt rider Bruce Cook has taken to old adage “once you fall off the horse; get back on” to heart.

The 27-year old from Kelowna injured his spinal cord while attempting a new world record for a double front flip last January. Continue Reading »

Amy Van Dyken Foundation

Published: January 5, 2015 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

We Improve The Lives Of People With Spinal Cord Injuries!

What Amy Van Dyken-Rouen did in 2014 to flip her near-death tragedy into a much admired recovery – along with her breakout plans for 2015 to help others with spinal-cord injuries – far surpasses what she accomplished in winning six swimming gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. Continue Reading »

Spinal injuries change people’s lives every day

Published: November 10, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

SCI Awareness Week David ConwayFOR Mackay man David Conway, Spinal Injury Awareness Week is about alerting people to the fact accidents can happen to anyone.

The nationwide awareness week started yesterday.

“Spinal injuries happen every day,” Mr Conway said.

“Becoming paralysed can happen so easily.”

Statistics show one person in Australia will have a spinal cord injury every day.

Mr Conway’s life was changed forever when he was injured in a sporting accident when he was 20. Continue Reading »

To walk again – the people behind the story

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

Darek Fidyka Walking On BridgeIt is a moment I will always remember. On a warm summer’s day in Wroclaw, Poland, Darek Fidyka walked across a bridge, using only a frame for support.

This had been his dream for four years, after he was paralysed in a knife attack. Now, after a transplant of cells taken from his nasal cavity, it had become reality.

He is the world’s first patient to receive the groundbreaking treatment.

Behind those few steps lay the extraordinary efforts of a group of scientists, surgeons and fundraisers in Britain and Poland. Continue Reading »

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen: The Next Adventure

Published: September 29, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Amy Van Dyken-RouenAn Olympic athlete and CSU alumna, Amy Van Dyken-Roeun, has recently undergone a new adventure in her life.

Van Dyken-Rouen was involved in an ATV accident on June 6, 2014 leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. A sever in her spine at the T11 vertebrae has posed to be her greatest challenge to overcome.

“It changed my life dramatically, obviously I can’t walk anymore so it changed that,” Van Dyken-Rouen said in a phone interview. “It’s changed my outlook on life. If you can find that little ray of happiness you can dwell on that it will get bigger and bigger.” Continue Reading »

MTSU lab provides hope for people with spinal chord injuries

Published: September 12, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Tim Patterson-water-treadmillMURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) — Tim Patterson is taking a short walk across the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. It’s a remarkable feat for a man who’s been paralyzed for seven years.

A tumor on his spine left Patterson confined to a wheelchair, but his involvment in groundbreaking new research has given him new hope.

For the past two years, Patterson has participated in mobility research at MTSU’s Human Performance Lab. The lab is exploring the use of water treadmills as a way to improve the mobility of individuals with disabilities. Continue Reading »

Young man introduces extreme sport to skate park

Published: July 10, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

Spinal cord injury isn’t stopping one skater Continue Reading »

Howell’s ‘unbreakable spirit’ is a winning recipe

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

Charlie Ray Howell’s unbreakable spirit winning recipeMT. PLEASANT — Charlie Ray Howell of Mt. Pleasant scored his first auto racing victory at North Alabama Speedway (Tuscumbia, Al.) since being confined to a wheelchair.

Howell, who’s win came on April 12 at the Tuscumbia, Ala. track, races to bring awareness to spinal cord injury and osteogenesis imperfecta.

Howell’s story is a little different than most Saturday night racers. Since 2010, he has been confined to using a wheelchair after sustaining a spinal cord injury in an automobile accident.

Howell’s spirit was unbroken, as he was determined to continue the sport he grew up doing which is racing his dirt late model on dirt tracks across the mid-south. Continue Reading »

Man’s idea for big wheels lets him hit the sand rolling

Published: April 13, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

The Sand RiderVIRGINIA BEACH Bill Fertig struggled with beach vacations for years. A motorcycle wreck 14 years ago left him a paraplegic. On a trip to Nags Head one summer, Fertig relied on a cumbersome wheelchair that even the strongest member of his family could barely push through the sand.

Fertig stayed back at the house so he wouldn’t be a burden while everyone played near the water.

Frustration fueled his desire to invent a new, lightweight, manageable sand wheelchair. Continue Reading »