Thursday, December 5, 2019

Tag: Personal Story

Paralympian Mackenzie Soldan Is Making History in Wheelchair Tennis

Published: April 17, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

The 26-year-old is the first wheelchair player to train full-time at the USTA National Campus.

After winning Paralympic Gold at the 2016 Rio Games, Mackenzie Soldan considered the elite athlete chapter in her life to be officially closed. The then-24-year-old had finally attained her girlhood dream—winning women’s wheelchair basketball at the highest level in the world—and figured it was time to start building a more long-term professional career.

Ashlee can’t move her legs but she’s a certified scuba diver

Published: April 16, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Ashlee Florrimell is a self-proclaimed “water baby” so, despite being a paraplegic, it was a natural progression to start scuba diving and “exploring the bottom of the ocean”.

Ms Florrimell, 31, undertook a ground-breaking scuba diving course for people with spinal cord injury on Sydney’s northern beaches last week and has become a certified diver.

Childhood Friends, Paralyzed at Different Times, Turn to Fitness and Each Other For Support

Published: April 8, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A twist of fate brought these friends closer than they had ever been.

CJ Bellamy, 29, and David Kellam, 30, were both paralyzed in separate incidents years apart, but now the childhood friends have banded together as workout partners and encourage each other daily.

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.

C5 C6 Quadriplegics showing how we grip a pen

Published: March 29, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Live To Roll – In this video I show how I hold a pen to write and I asked 5 other C5 – C6 quads to show how they do it as well. I can’t thank my friends enough for shooting their own little video clips!

California’s accessible campsites put the outdoors within reach

Published: March 25, 2019

When Steve Dalton sets up at Yosemite’s Housekeeping Camp, a popular campground along the Merced River with views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls, it takes him back to childhood camping trips with his parents and a time before his spinal cord injury.

“I love getting outdoors and I think, following my disability, adaptive sports and things that drew me back outside were the things that were most restorative for me as a person,” said Dalton, 51, an information technology systems administrator who is paralyzed from the chest down since a motorcycle accident in 2002.

The tremendous spirit of tetraplegic Catriona Williams – who defies odds to fundraise for...

Published: February 23, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

This year Catriona will complete a month-long cycle tour in France.

It happened just before Christmas on the 10th of November 2002.

“You never forget your date,” she tells me.

It was the day Catriona Williams, one of our most accomplished horsewomen and leading contender for the Olympics, fell from her mount and broke her neck.

“I knew it was a bit more serious than a collarbone because the pain was so severe.”

Groom-To-Be Who Was Paralyzed at Bachelor Party Marries Fiancée Months Later

Published: February 10, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Meg Alexander and her boyfriend, Brett Greenhill, had one of the best proposal scenes. Brett proposed to Meg after the two completed a 5-mile run together. Meg accepted, and they were one of the happiest couples around.

But on Dec. 2, 2016, their world came crashing down—it was their bachelor/bachelorette party in Naples, Florida, and both of them had invited friends to join them. The couple wanted to make their bachelor party really special.

Meet the woman behind charity fighting to find a cure for spinal cord injuries

Published: January 7, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

The Herald speaks with Kiwis who have been on the edge of death, had their world tipped upside down, overcome their darkest moments and are now paying it forward.

Cycling to the base of Mt Everest, completing the New York Marathon and raising more than $10 million for Spinal Cord Injury research – all in a wheel chair – is only the start of Catriona Williams’ story.

Out of tragedy, a man finds his true calling

Published: December 27, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Antonio Davis said his life was headed in the wrong direction when he was shot at close range and nearly killed 24 years ago. What he didn’t know was that his life was about to take an extraordinary turn with purpose. Though paralyzed from the chest down, he became an accomplished painter.

“I’m just creating. I’m just freeing my mind and what comes out is my true emotions,” Davis told CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan. “It’s a passion. It’s an obsession. I love it that much. And I hope it shows in the work.”

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