Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Tag: Motivational Speaker

How Travis Roy Rebuilt After a Tragic Hockey Injury

Published: March 1, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Travis RoyOn Oct. 20, 1995, 11 seconds into his college hockey career, Travis Roy found himself face down on the ice at Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena, unable to feel his limbs. On Tuesday, he came to Boston College and talked about that moment and how he rebuilt his life afterward.

The motivational speaker and founder of The Travis Roy Foundation, invited to campus by the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and the Undergraduate Government of BC’s Council for Students with Disabilities, hoped to inspire the students that filled the Heights Room to face adversity with a new mindset.

No barrier is unbreakable! By Tamara Mena

Published: November 14, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

I am Tamara Mena and I am 30 years old. I’m a host, model, and motivational speaker.

Quadriplegic bride marries her Iron Man

Published: June 7, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Tracy Todd Wedding 1Tracy Todd recently married the man of her dreams in a beautiful ceremony witnessed by friends, family and members of her community.

Tracy Todd’s life changed forever 18 years ago when an accident left her paralysed from the neck down. Tracy was but a newlywed with a 10-month old baby boy. Following the horrific accident Tracy was left to pick up the pieces and start afresh.

In a no-holds barred interview with us, Tracy revealed how she not only lost the use of her upper and lower limbs, but with unflinching honesty, also told us that she lost her career, her independence and her husband (they got divorced a year after the accident).

Misfortune won’t get the better of quadriplegic filmmaker Paddy Slattery

Published: May 30, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Paddy Slattery Film MakerIn the 20 years since a car crash left him quadriplegic, filmmaker Paddy Slattery has found nothing but opportunity, inspiration and happiness

Paddy Slattery remembers feeling surprised that he had not noticed before that his friend had the exact same black boot runners as he did. The car in which they were travelling had just crashed. He had decided against putting on his safety belt in case the young driver who had stopped to give them a lift might think he didn’t trust him.

Now Paddy was lying with his head in the driver’s footwell, on the pedals, the driver was on top of him and Paddy was thinking about the boot runners. They were the same as his, but he couldn’t feel the feet that were in them, which is why he thought they belonged to someone else. He tried to shout, but realised he could barely breathe.

Travis Roy to Receive Honorary Degree

Published: May 10, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Former Terrier hockey player now major supporter of spinal cord research

In the video above, Travis Roy reflects on his life 20 years after a paralyzing injury and talks about what he sees for his future. Photo by Jackie Riccardi

Spinal Cord patient reacts to stem cell breakthrough

Published: January 8, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

WESTLAKE, Ohio —  Cutting edge research being developed in Cleveland could have significant impact on people who’ve suffered spinal cord damage.

Stone’s will: Quadriplegic inspires Cayuse students

Published: February 20, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Joe StoneJoe Stone has used a wheelchair for four and a half years.

In that time the 29-year-old Missoula resident has become the first known quadriplegic to attempt the Ironman Triatholon, biked Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park and established the Joe Stone Foundation to help others with disabilities get active in the outdoors.

Stone shared his story with students at Cayuse Prairie School on Friday. He opened with a video of himself doing in-line skating stunts before an accident left him paralyzed. Then he showed all the falls.

Former surfer, now quadriplegic’s advice: Never give up

Published: January 17, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

ronheagy_184ALBANY, Ore. — Ron Heagy Jr. of Millersburg, Ore., used to think he had problems.

He was 17, 6-foot-2, and could bench-press 300 pounds. He was going to be a fullback for Oregon State University. He had plans for spring break that didn’t include dragging his little brother along on a surfing trip.

But here he was, stuck with a 13-year-old, so mad he shrugged off his mother’s request for a hug goodbye.

March 17, 1980. A perfect, pristine morning, the day before his 18th birthday. Heagy left his brother snoozing on the sand and headed out for what looked like the perfect wave.