David Estrada suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident. A Northeastern University student at the time, he went on to graduate from college, earn a law degree, and become executive director of the Spinal Cord Injury Association.
Now the foundation is being supported by his brothers-in-law, Scott and Gary Farber, the third generation of Farber family members to run Hunt’s Photo & Video, headquartered on the Malden/Melrose line.
He will complete the equivalent of a marathon every day – powered only by his arms.
When David Millar was paralysed in a rugby match 20 years ago, doctors told him he would need round-the-clock care for the rest of his life.
The Scotland Under-21 cap has proved them wrong and is now setting out to help others in their own journeys to rehabilitate after serious injury by embarking on an epic journey across New Zealand using a hand-cycle.
The Reeve Foundation is about to be featured on the TLC show American Chopper! Paul Teutul Sr. and the crew from Orange County Choppers (OCC) have built a motorcycle for the Reeve Foundation. And this motorcycle is like no other chopper ever built. It is a trike-bike chopper that is custom built for wheelchair access!
The TV show airs on January 7, 2010, starting at 9 p.m. ET. And we would like you to have people over to watch the show. In fact, we would like to have American Chopper parties across the country!
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, Oct. 14, 2009 – U.S. troops and reconstruction team members in Iraq’s Basra province completed what some say was a small task with a huge impact on improving the lives of some Iraqi families with disabled children.
In a combined humanitarian aid effort, members from the 308th Civil Affairs Brigade, 17th Fires Brigade, 34th Infantry Division and the provincial reconstruction team distributed 20 wheelchairs to children with special needs at the Moosawii Private Hospital in Basra.
The Back-Up Trust is a dynamic national charity that runs a range of services for people with spinal cord injury that actively encourage personal challenge, as well as help to build confidence, motivation and independence following a life changing injury.
The Eric Westacott Foundation has raised over $30,000 for physical therapy for 11-year old Alex Malarkey. The funds will allow young Alex to participate in two separate two-week programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury in Baltimore, Maryland, and to receive a Functional Electrical Stimulus (FES) bike and tilt-table donated by Lorraine Valentini and Chris Reyling.
The Eric Westacott Foundation (EWF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the study and cure of spinal cord injuries (SCI), announced today that it has raised over $30,000 to provide physical therapy for 11-year old Alex Malarkey.
Standing watch at a post in Iraq, former Humble resident Anthony Thompson did not know that he and members of his crew were in trouble.
“During his second deployment to Iraq in 2007, he (Anthony) and others were injured when a suicide bomber drove up in a dump truck and detonated improvised explosive devices at the post,” Ivonne, his wife, said. “Two of the injured were able to stay in Iraq and six were carried back to stateside, including Anthony, who was the worst injured.”
Due to the incident, Anthony, who joined the U.S. Navy Corpsmen at 21 years old, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, a punctured right lung along with other scrapes and bruises. He was sent to the James A. Haley Veteran Hospital in Tampa, where he currently remains.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -The phone is ringing in Darrell Gwynn’s office, which is filled with reminders of a life that nearly ended two decades ago. From his windows, he sees cars being built and fiddled with in the garage, where stacks of racing tires are piled almost to the roof.
The former champion drag racer maneuvers his wheelchair toward the phone. With his right hand – his only hand – he pushes a button to lift the receiver an inch from the cradle. His wife is on the other end, they chat about lunch for a couple minutes, he presses the button again and the phone hangs up.
“Sorry,” Gwynn says, directing his chair away from the desk. “Important stuff.”
Today’s Care. Tomorrow’s Cure.
Half of what we do here is about the care! And as many of you know, care costs a lot.
Our friends at the Wounded Warrior Project are asking Congress to pass legislation to establish a national program to train and provide ongoing supports and compensation to family caregivers of our most severely wounded warriors.
Three years after suffering a life-changing neck injury, Bret Neylon, a Brownsburg teacher and coach, is starting his own foundation to help others with spinal cord injuries.
He has applied for non-profit status for his charity, The Bret Neylon Paralysis Foundation, to help others who don’t have the support he had.
Neylon suffered his injury June 17, 2006, during a bicycle race in Wilmington, Ohio.