Thursday, December 5, 2019

Tag: determination

Paralyzed Secret Service agent ready for first Boston Marathon

Published: April 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

When Don McGrail first met Garrett FitzGerald out of the Secret Service’s Boston office in September 2015, he noticed a focused, driven individual.

And though FitzGerald’s circumstances have dramatically changed since, that hasn’t changed.

An accident that left FitzGerald paralyzed in December 2015 changed him physically, but it hasn’t affected his determination. It’s pushed him through challenging times, through years of rehab at Journey Forward as he continues to try to improve, and it will no doubt carry him this Monday. That’s when he and McGrail will combine to be a dual team — FitzGerald in a wheelchair, and McGrail pushing him — as they run the Boston Marathon, a goal that’s been years in the making.

Two pilots in wheelchairs create history in UAE

Published: December 5, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Duo lands in UAE as part of global mission to raise awareness about disability

Dubai: Two paraplegic pilots on wheelchairs have created history in UAE airspace by landing in Dubai World Central as part of a global Handi-flight mission to raise awareness about disability.

Speaking to Gulf News, which was given exclusive access to the airside to witness the touchdown, the pilots — Mike Lomberg and Guillaume Feral — said Dubai was their sixth stopover in a 40-country tour covering 80,000 kilometres to raise funds for Humanity & Inclusion, an international NGO that is out to combat prejudice and exclusion.

The heartwarming moment an athlete bursts into tears after helping his quadriplegic best friend...

Published: December 3, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

A triathlete has wept tears of joy after helping his quadriplegic best mate achieve his lifelong dream of completing an Ironman race.

Hundreds of spectators cheered as Kevin Fergusson, 59, pushed Sid James, 60, in his wheelchair across the finish line of the 15th Ironman Western Australia in Busselton on Sunday night.

The South Australian mates completed a gruelling 3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run in 14 hours, 14 minutes and 39 seconds – more than two hours within the 17 hour time frame given.

Views through the eyes and mind of artist Dale Tabor

Published: November 3, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

After suffering a near-fatal accident that left him a quadriplegic, Dale Tabor found encouragement in his love for and commitment to artistic expression. He has painted hundreds of thousands of pictures on canvas and various other backdrops by mouth painting.

Fifty years ago, Pyatt native Dale Tabor dreamed the dreams of most ambitious young men, of traveling the world, having a measure of fame, and being admired for his abilities and talents. Though his life turned out very different from the way the starry-eyed 20-year-old imagined, 50 years later, he reflects that he has lived out most of those dreams.

Andy’s loving life in the fast lane

Published: March 8, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Houghton doesn’t let life-changing injury stop him racing

THE word determination is used a lot in sport – and for Andy Houghton it’s one of many words that could be used to best describe him and his sporting career.

Many people grow up dreaming of achieving success in sport and for Houghton it was no different.

Riding motorbikes has always been a huge passion of his and the determination and ambition that he has shown is one of the reasons why he has got where he is now.

Paralysis Couldn’t Keep This Minnesota Farmer Down

Published: February 21, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

A snowmobile accident left Ryan Buck paralyzed from the chest down.

Ten years ago, Ryan Buck and Lauren Carlson had bright plans for their future. Ryan, 26, was a farmer in Goodhue, Minnesota, who sold crop insurance on the side. Lauren, 22, was attending school to become a dental hygienist. Farming was in his soul; she always dreamed of being a farm wife. Young, in love, and engaged to be married, the duo was ready to begin the rest of their lives and start their own farm family.

On Saturday, February 23, 2008, their path changed forever. Ryan left early in the morning to snowmobile with Lauren’s brother, Casey Carlson. They made the hour-long drive to Kellogg, Minnesota, and unloaded their snowmobiles around 8:30 a.m.

Paralyzed in 2014 crash that killed her beloved husband, Robinette Tilley stays in family...

Published: February 10, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Robinette Tilley is the boss. The fact that she rides a wheelchair now instead of a motorcycle hasn’t changed that.

Tilley was in her customary spot, sitting behind her husband, Don, on his Harley-Davidson when the motorcycle crashed on Aug. 29, 2014 near Mile Post 394 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buncombe County. Don, 78, was killed in the wreck.

A shattered right arm, broken neck and pelvis, and seriously damaged spinal cord sent Robinette to six different hospitals in six months. Doctors told Tilley’s family she would never return home.

Dan Baird: Quadriplegic Motocross Athlete

Published: August 10, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Dan says, ‘Whether it’s motocross or hill climbs or dirt drags I just like being at the track.’

Iowa Boy’s Inspirational Showing Draws A Standing Ovation At The National Junior Angus Show

Published: July 15, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Alec Gotto was just a few weeks old when he was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a syndrome that causes spine inflamation and makes movement of the legs and arms extremely difficult.

The young boy from the small town (and my hometown) of Dyersville, Iowa didn’t let it slow him down.

With his boots tucked into the straps of his motorized wheelchair, he got the crowd out of their own seats and up on their feet as he proudly showed his steer at the National Junior Angus Show in Des Moines.

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