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Paralysis doesn’t stop ex-football players from giving back

Published: December 18, 2009 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

51146406Paralysis doesn’t stop former football athletes from raising money to make life a little easier for youngsters who suffer catastrophic spinal cord injuries

Only the start of a football game bothers Kenneth Jennings, who blows into a tube and turns his wheelchair away from the action. Once the kickoff’s over, his eyes are glued to the field.

It was while he was returning a kickoff for Simeon High as a lightning-quick junior in 1988 that he suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury and lost all use of his extremities below the neck. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed driver ahead of schedule

Published: July 18, 2008 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Whatever anyone thinks of him or his situation, Josh Howard says, never call him a quitter.

Howard, 22, of Byhalia, Miss., has been paralyzed since crashing his sprint car at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway on Oct. 25.

Though still considered a quadriplegic, Howard said he continues to see improvement through a daily regimen of Physical Therapy.

“Every week I see improvement,” he said. “My arms are getting stronger. My fingers are twitching more, and we’re seeing more movement in my legs. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic fights to pass legislation to help people with spinal cord injuries

Published: March 30, 2005 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Tiffany Garner – Of the Suburban Journals/Belleville Journal

Matt Langenhorst’s life was changed forever in an instant on Feb. 8, 2001 when he and his wife Erika were in a car accident along Highway 94 in St. Charles, Mo. Continue Reading »