UK charity Aerobility has joined forces with British Airways and Heathrow Airport Ltd to set a new record for the Heaviest aircraft pulled over 100m by a wheelchair team.
The Herald speaks with Kiwis who have been on the edge of death, had their world tipped upside down, overcome their darkest moments and are now paying it forward.
Cycling to the base of Mt Everest, completing the New York Marathon and raising more than $10 million for Spinal Cord Injury research – all in a wheel chair – is only the start of Catriona Williams’ story.
NEW BRUNSWICK – Promoting positivity, Eric LeGrand and Mike Nichols took several pediatric patients by surprise with a visit at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital Monday.
With smiles, laughter, encouraging words and shared experiences, Nichols and LeGrand — who dressed as Santa Claus — demonstrated their unique understanding of the challenges faced by these patients. Nichols, 21, and LeGrand, 27, both paralyzed during sporting events, stopped at the therapy room to check on how a few patients were making out before meeting up with some more patients in the recreation room.
SINCE a life-changing accident five years ago, wheelchair user Will Clark, from Grasmere, has become a charity volunteer, taken up sailing and ski-karting and addressed an international spinal injuries conference. Recently elected as a county councillor, he decided his next challenge would be to conquer Snowdon.
Latrigg, above Keswick, isn’t a particularly high or challenging Lake District fell but it became a symbol of what might be possible for Will Clark.
As I put down the phone, I really felt for my new mentee Laura and what she was going through. When you have a spinal cord injury, people assume that it just means you can’t walk, but there’s so much more to it than that. That first time we spoke, Laura told me that she hadn’t had any specialist rehabilitation, any wheelchair training, or advice on how to use a catheter. She was lost.
And yet, I felt shockingly reminded of myself while I was talking to her. I too was a young mother when I was involved in a car crash in 1990 that left me permanently paralysed from the waist down.
The Woody Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization formed in 2011 to raise funds for people with paralysis. The namesake of The Foundation, James “Woody” Beckham suffered his spinal cord injury making a rugby tackle in January 2011. His family and friends have bonded together to support Woody by making donations to local charities which help others with paralysis.
We are here to inspire independence in anyone affected by spinal cord injury and to encourage everyone to get the most from their lives. We work with people of all ages, from young children to the elderly, whatever the motivation or background.
Back Up relies on a vital family of volunteers, mentors and skilled professionals, who provide unrivaled support and enthusiasm for our work and who help us deliver services that rebuild confidence and self-belief.
We help people realize their ambitions and overcome prejudice, creating the opportunity to transform lives.
PETALING JAYA – Businessman Danny Goh Teck Chuan’s heart broke when he came across a few paralysed dogs after he started rescuing animals about a year ago.
Getting help for these dogs was hard, he said.
For instance, wheelchairs and walkers for the paralysed dogs had to be ordered from abroad.
The contraptions were also expensive, easily costing RM1,000 (S$400) each.
Red Bull charity Wings for Life has released a film to promote its collaboration with the energy drink’s Formula One team, driving forward the charity’s work towards curing spinal cord injuries by allowing fans to embellish racing cars with their own faces.
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — A California man is turning heads and wheels as he makes his way across the country to promote spinal cord research.