Tag: Project Walk
TRAVELLING over 4,000 miles from her home town in Northern Ireland to Project Walk in Longwood, Orlando, bubbly Jennifer Smyth is on an epic journey, not to accumulate the rich life experiences of adventurous travel, but rather to regain her legs – the use of which she lost in a catastrophic gymnastic accident almost three years ago.
She explained: “Ever since I was a little girl I have been consumed by gymnastics and have devoted myself to the discipline of athletes, always pushing myself to be the best I can be. I don’t know any other way to live. The accident happened on a Tuesday evening after school, I was on my last vault before moving to the next event, and when I landed I just couldn’t move.
Rhiannon Tracey was two months shy of her 21st birthday when she found herself face down in a pool of water.
In Bali, on a girl’s trip with her mum and best friend, they had returned to the hotel pool after an afternoon of celebrating, when Rhiannon dived in.
She felt her whole body jolt as her head hit the shallows in the pool labelled ‘deep’.
Three years ago, Cara Moro was given the devastating news: She would never walk again.
While performing a cheerleading stunt on Sept. 3, 2011, the 19-year-old Santa Fe College student and cheerleader broke her back at the T11 vertabrae in the lower back. She damaged her spinal cord and was paralyzed from the waist down.
But thanks to her determination and specialized exercise-based therapy, Moro is able to walk today.
Life in the fast lane is just that – fast. For motocross enthusiast, Bruce Cook, things happened all too quickly.
In an attempt to complete the first-ever double front-flip before a live audience; Cook, 26 stunned a packed house on the opening night of the 2014 Nitro Circus tour in Hamilton, Ontario. What should have been a record-setting stunt turned fatal when Cook under-rotated and flew off his bike; crushing his body and spine in the process. Cook sustained a spinal cord injury and has since been dreaming of the day when life in a wheelchair is an afterthought.
May 4th is unlike any other day. It’s a day where people can come together all over the world, at the very same time to help bring awareness and funds to support spinal cord injury research. Project Walk Paralysis Recovery Centers is partnering with the Wings for Life World Run to support a cause that can bring a better future to an injury that affects the majority of Project Walk clients.
In addition to the partnership, Wings for Life has selected Project Walk client, Barney Miller as an official ambassador for the Santa Clarita, CA run.
Paralympian swimmer, Victoria Arlen defies odds and comes back from a vegetative state to win gold at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. With the same determination competing in the pool, Arlen now focuses her energy at taking steps at the Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Center in Carlsbad, CA.
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare when their child becomes severely ill and doctors don’t know how to treat it. For the Arlen family, that nightmare became reality when their then 11-year-old daughter complained of side pains which quickly turned to full paralysis and stumped doctors as to the cause of her complete vegetative state. It wasn’t until three years later that the Arlen family was told by doctors that their daughter had contracted Transverse Myelitis, a rare neurological disorder that left her dependent on a feeding tube and blinking once for “yes” and twice for “no.”
Riggs seeks to utilize muscle memory therapy
CEDAR CITY — September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month and one Cedar City man hopes to bring awareness to a condition he’s lived with for more than a decade.
When Jory Riggs was 18, a snow tubing accident at Woods Ranch, just east of Cedar City, left him a paraplegic. Since that time, he’s formed a new life for himself. He earned a degree in art from Southern Utah University and now, at age 30, he’s hoping to move beyond that label of paraplegic with the help of effective, though expensive, physical therapy — a move that has given him renewed hope about his future.
A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone yet no one is prepared for life after the injury.
Walking With Anthony helps those with spinal cord injuries
Nearly three years ago, Anthony Purcell thought he was dying.
He dove into the Florida surf and didn’t come back up. He couldn’t move at all. His neck was broken, his spinal cord injured.
He was paralyzed, he learned in the hospital after a cousin pulled him from the water. But “paralyzed” is a word his family refuses to say, and a prognosis the Purcells refuse to accept.