As head of the University of Pittsburgh’s Human Engineering Research Laboratory, Rory Cooper is helping to guide emerging technologies and treatments to improve mobility for people with physical disabilities.
But for Cooper, who suffered a spinal cord injury in 1980 while serving in the Army in Germany, inspiring others to see past their disabilities can be as rewarding as the latest medical advancement.
WORCESTER’S Wizard of Oz Chris Latham has spoken for the first time about the spinal injury that caused him to lose feeling in his arms and legs.
The former Australia international revealed how fear gripped him as he lay on the Sixways pitch, unable to move after what he describes as a ‘freak accident’.
Eleven seconds was all it took to change Travis Roy’s life.
As a freshman at Boston University in 1995, Roy lived his dream of playing hockey for the Terriers, earning a full scholarship after playing two seasons at Tabor Academy in Marion. His dream was quickly shattered when he crashed head first into the boards during his first collegiate game, leaving him a quadriplegic.
“First year, first game, first shift,” said Roy via phone from his home in Boston recently. “My career lasted 11 seconds.”
It was a homecoming to remember as Central welcomed back J. Johnson and honored him as the school’s basketball king on Friday night.
It was Johnson’s second appearance of the week at a Central ballgame after his Jan. 19 release from Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He had been there since suffering a serious spinal cord injury in a Dec. 27 car wreck.
The Central senior said it’s great to be back in Sequoyah County and he enjoyed watching the Tigers play.
Thrill-Seeker Has Led ‘Wonderfully Fulfilling Life’ Since Accident
VIENNA, Va. – At 67, Sharon Hovey says she is ready to settle down.
An Ashville native and self-described thrill-seeker, Ms. Hovey says she has lived her life on the edge – though bound to a wheelchair for the last 50 years by Quadriplegia.
THIBODAUX – As one of his last acts during a century-long life of charity and accomplishment, retired Houma attorney Elton Darsey ensured a better future for a paralyzed Thibodaux athlete he only recently met.
Darsey donated $40,000 this week to the Myron Wright Foundation, whose 22-year-old namesake suffered a spinal-cord injury while playing football for Thibodaux High in 2002.
Darsey died Wednesday morning of natural causes, his great-niece, Diane Baker, said.
Chris Mason-Hale vividly remembers the football play that changed his life. The scene rolls through his mind with the same detail as the action movies he watches on his portable DVD player at Kernan Hospital.
A senior linebacker for Western Tech in Catonsville, Mason-Hale went for a routine tackle in the final scrimmage of the preseason, Aug. 29 at Northeast.
“It was a dive,” Mason-Hale said of the common short-yardage play. “They gave the running back the ball, and he came through the one hole. I’m always the go-to guy because I’ll make the hit, and I went for the kill shot. That’s when you go outside him, but when I tried to hit him, he popped up and my head flew back.”
Several University of Guelph leaders will be spending June 4 in wheelchairs to help raise awareness of the upcoming Wheels in Motion event and the challenges faced by people living with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities.
President Alastair Summerlee, who is the honorary chair of the sixth annual Wheels in Motion being held June 8, has spent a day in a wheelchair for the past several years to draw attention to the event. This year, he will be joined by Joanne Shoveller, vice-president (alumni affairs and development); Brenda Whiteside, associate vice-president (student affairs); Mike Emes, dean of the College of Biological Science; and Robin Begin, director of Campus Community Police. Summerlee will also spend Wednesday, June 4, in a wheelchair.
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PE teacher tackles charity event just four years after breaking back
A PE teacher from Llanfair Caereinion will cycle from London to Paris just four years after breaking her back.
In 2004 Sian Harries, 25, came within millimetres of being paralysed for life when she suffered a tragic accident on a trip to Australia, however just four years on she will now complete a 300-mile journey from London to Paris to raise funds for Spinal Research UK.
On that life defining day Sian was transported 200 miles by air ambulance to Townsville on the Great Barrier Reef Coast, and after a few days was then transferred, again by air ambulance, 800 miles south to a specialist spinal injuries unit at The Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Brisbane.