Sustaining any form of serious injury can be terrifying, however, when that injury affects your spinal cord, it can be somewhat even more worrying. This is particularly true for those who have always been active, but now face the prospect of life in a wheelchair.
The good news is that just because someone has a spinal cord injury, this does not mean that they have to give up when it comes to participating in sports. There are numerous sports which are incredibly popular among the disabled community and plenty of opportunities to get involved for fun or competitively.
This couple is in it for the long haul.
For Rob Summers, 31, and Julie Grauert, 34, the New York City Marathon was an opportunity to fund-raise for a cause near and dear to their hearts: Finding a cure for the six million Americans living with paralysis.
But as the first-time marathoners worked to get closer to a cure, they also got closer to each other.
Summers was a 20-year-old pitcher at Oregon State with dreams of playing in the Major Leagues when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in July 2006.
Grant Will Fund Development of Quad Rider – A Gear and Braking Device that Helps People with Disabilities Operate a Handcycle Safely
Alma, Ark. – July 22, 2014 – InvoTek, Inc., a research and development company in Alma, Arkansas, recently received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will fund the development of technology to enable thousands of people with high level spinal cord injury the opportunity to enjoy the health benefits of handcycling.
Judging from his time in the City of Roses half-marathon Sunday, a spinal-cord injury hasn’t slowed Zach Young down.
The Southeast Missouri State University student said he covered the 13.1-mile distance in about an hour and 13 minutes, winning the wheelchair division of the race.
Young, 30, of Jackson lost the use of his legs after a 2005 motorcycle accident severed his spinal cord just below his upper abdominal muscles.
For a while, the injury appeared to have ended his athletic pursuits.
A team of tetraplegics epic hand-cycle quest to the roof of the world and back is due to be completed today.
The team of cyclists, including three Kiwi tetraplegics, on hand-cycles led by CatWalk Trust founder Catriona Williams of Masterton is scheduled to ride into Kathmandu today after their 1000 kilometre journey up to Everest Base Camp and back down.
It was a real adventure for the team of 15 as they had to cope with the altitude, pain, breakdowns and the weather to reach their goal.
Brenham has seen its share of cross-country travelers on a mission to raise public awareness for a certain cause.
Few, however, have had not only a mission but others join them along the way.
Aaron Roux is one of those people. Roux is currently on a cross-country handbike ride from Ocean Beach, Calif., to St. Augustine, Fla.
Roux, from Tuscon, Ariz., is a medically retired lance corporal Marine who experienced a spinal cord injury leaving him a quadriplegic. He began his journey 42 days ago, as a member of the “Trans American Quad” team. He was inspired by Rick Mason of Davis, Calif., who organized the event, and now provides logistical support for the ride.