Thursday, December 5, 2019

Tag: Inspiration

Ali Stroker Triumphs As The First Wheelchair User To Win A Tony Award

Published: June 10, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Ali Stroker took the stage by storm at the 73rd annual Tony Awards not just once, but twice. First, she brought the house down as Ado Annie from the modern revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma.” A short time later, she made history when she returned to the stage to collect her Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in Featured Role in a Musical. Stroker is the first Broadway performer who uses a wheelchair to earn a nomination and win a Tony.

Eric LeGrand Shares Words of Wisdom with Riverview Students

Published: April 4, 2019

DENVILLE, NJ – Eric LeGrand stopped by Riverview Elementary School in Denville to share pearls of wisdom with its third, fourth and fifth graders on Wednesday, April 3. Approximately 200 students attended the assembly to meet the former Rutgers University football player who now is confined to a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury he sustained in a game during his junior year at Rutgers.

“We invited Eric LeGrand because his message supports our service-learning project,” explained Riverview Principal Christina Theodoropoulos, also a Rutgers alumna. Riverview students are working on bringing peace to themselves and others by having a positive mindset. The acronym ROCKET describes the project’s objectives – be respectful, optimistic, compassionate, kind, empathetic, and a team player.

Trailer for True Story WALK. RIDE. RODEO. from Netflix

Published: March 8, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Netflix’s ‘Walk. Ride. Rodeo’ shares Amberley Snyder’s inspirational true story

Langevin Presides Over House Opening 116th Congress

Published: January 4, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

WASHINGTON, DC  — Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), the first quadriplegic elected to Congress, presided over the U.S. House of Representatives Jan. 3, during the opening day of the 116th Congress.

As Speaker pro tempore, Langevin managed debate on the first day of the new Democratic majority as the House prepared to vote to end the Trump shutdown.

Langevin, co-chair of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, made history in 2010 when he became the first quadriplegic to act as Speaker pro tempore.

Paralyzed former rock climber explores cutting-edge science in Toronto

Published: January 2, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Before a devastating rock-climbing accident paralyzed Michael Garton from the neck down, he never thought he would be trading in carabiners for test tubes.

But when he went back to school for a degree in Chemistry, he surprised himself. Working on the cutting edge of science felt similar to scaling the edge of a cliff, he said.

“I fell in love with the exploratory nature of it,” the U.K.-born professor told CTV National News. “Finding out new stuff, exploring new things — it was a similar feeling to when I was out in the mountains climbing.”

Quadriplegic artist, Frank Espinosa defies odds, uses mouth to paint

Published: December 11, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

WHITTIER, Calif. (KABC) — Artist Frank Espinosa helps to bring his paintings to life uses extraordinary skill, but unlike other artists, the Whittier man uses his mouth to create each one of his pieces.

“I was shot and paralyzed when I was 18,” said Espinosa.

The shooting left Espinosa a quadriplegic. The 46-year-old says he began sketching to keep busy. Three years ago, a family friend recommend that he send some of his pieces to the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.

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.

Paralyzed Veterans of America highlights the UnstoppABLE spirit of veterans in new public service...

Published: October 22, 2018

Campaign aims to inspire all those living with a disability to be UnstoppABLE in their everyday lives

WASHINGTON (October 22, 2018)UnstoppABLE is a new, high-impact, public service announcement (PSA) campaign from Paralyzed Veterans of America that celebrates the indomitable spirit of veterans with spinal cord injury and disease. The PSA showcases Paralyzed Veterans of America’s adaptive sports programs which empower veterans and help them transcend adversity and conquer challenges throughout their lives. To watch the UnstoppABLE PSA, go to pva.org/UnstoppABLE.

Inspiring, long-surviving disability advocate Walt Lawrence grateful for 50 years of support

Published: September 20, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

He’s been paralyzed from the neck down for 50 years and that makes Walt Lawrence either the longest surviving ventilator-dependent quadriplegic in B.C. or darn close to it.

“He’s outlived any statistical, predictive model. He’s off the charts,” says Karen Anzai, a spinal cord program educator G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, as she looked at a graph on her computer showing expected lifespans of patients who are ventilator-dependent.

How a ‘nightmare’ motorcycle accident sparked a quadriplegic’s entrepreneurial inspiration

Published: September 16, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

After his physiotherapy ended, a quadriplegic created his own wall gym

Antonio Ramunno knew he shouldn’t have been out on his motorcycle, but it was such a beautiful night. It was almost four years ago. He said he was just ‘pissing around’, doing stuff he knew he shouldn’t.

That’s when he lost control of his bike and wiped out. When he woke up, the 46-year-old’s C-5 vertebrae was injured and he didn’t have any feeling below his chest.

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