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Christopher Reeve’s son announces ‘game changer’ in spinal cord injury treatment

Published: October 9, 2014

Reeve Foundation The Big IdeaThe family of Christopher Reeve is announcing what it calls a “game changer” in the treatment of spinal cord injuries.

“It’s hard not to think, ‘What if he was here and what if he was present for this breakthrough?’” Matthew Reeve, the late actor’s son, told People magazine on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Reeve’s death.

“My father dreamed of a world with empty wheelchairs and gave hope to a whole community… this is a key new step in that hope becoming realized.” Continue Reading »

‘I am standing out and it feels beautiful': ‘Raw Beauty Project’ empowers disabled women

Published: October 8, 2014

raw-beauty-Wendy CrawfordWhen she was 19, Wendy Crawford’s life as a model changed forever, after a car accident left her a quadriplegic. Thirty years later, she’s not only posing in front of the camera, but empowering other women with disabilities to discover their own Raw Beauty.

The co-creator of The Raw Beauty Project NYC told TODAY.com that after her accident — she was hit by a drunk driver — she initially remained optimistic that she could have a future in modeling with a disability, but was disappointed that the industry wasn’t as receptive to the idea. Continue Reading »

Wheelchair rugby dreams get broken

Published: October 8, 2014

Wheelchair Rugby The Delhi WarriorsTheir disability is not a barrier to their passion for sports. But it seems quadriplegics are not getting wide support from society and government.

“We are quadriplegic, we play wheelchair rugby. But the Paralympic Committee of India denied affiliation to quadriplegics to take part in the next international rugby event in South Korea starting from October 20,” said Jonathan a US national, who runs a non-profit trust Empowering Spinal Cord Injured Persons (ESCIP) in Delhi. Continue Reading »

When a cure isn’t a cure: searching for miracles can do more damage

Published: October 8, 2014

When a cure isn't a cureModern science can offer a lot of things, but the search for a miracle cure to spinal cord injury is dangerous on many levels.

It’s understandable that someone who has just been given life changing news will meet it with disbelief and doubt.

Say, for example, you’re told that an accident has left you with a fractured spine. Maybe it was a car crash. Perhaps it was a simple mistake like diving into a shallow pool or falling off a bike.

There are lots of technical terms being used by the people looking after you, yet all you really hear them saying is; “…you’ll never walk again.” Continue Reading »

StemCells Inc. Initiates Phase 2 Clinical Trial In Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

Published: October 7, 2014

stemcellsinc-logoNEWARK, Calif., Oct. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — StemCells, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEM), a world leader in the research and development of cell based therapies for the treatment of disorders of the central nervous system, announced today that it has initiated its Pathway® Study, a Phase II proof of concept clinical trial using its proprietary HuCNS-SC® platform of human neural stem cells for the treatment of cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). Approximately 1.3 million people in the United States report being paralyzed due to an SCI, and there currently are no effective treatments available. Approximately 56% of the spinal cord injuries occur in the cervical region. Overall, approximately 13% of SCI patients have no mobility and 35% have limited mobility after the traumatic injury. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic’s inner strength wins over long lost high school crush

Published: October 4, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Joe HallThis one came to me as a story of a man who creates remarkable works of art with pen and camera despite being a quadriplegic with only minimal use of his right arm. It turned out to be far more than that.

Here goes:

As a student at Hardin County High School in Kentucky in the mid-1980s, Joe Hall knew a girl he “kind of liked.” Continue Reading »

The life Steve Klemz knew changed 40 years ago

Published: October 4, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Steve KlemzThe dreams always return in October, just before the anniversary.

They’re vivid. They’re graphic.

They’re always the same.

Steve Klemz is 17 again. He’s playing football. He’s playing hockey.

He’s running free. And then he’s not.

“What happens is when I run down the football field, my legs turn to rubber,” Klemz said. “If I jump over the boards and start skating, my legs turn to rubber. Continue Reading »

Leading experts urge Canadian health-care providers to improve care for people living with SCI

Published: October 3, 2014

Leading Canadian spinal cord injury (SCI) experts have launched the unprecedented Spinal Cord Injury: A Manifesto for Change—a call to action and a plea for Canadian health-care providers and stakeholders to work in coordination to improve care and the health of people living with SCI in Canada. Continue Reading »

Life-Changing Therapy Now Available For Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury Patients As MyndTec Launches MyndMove™

Published: October 3, 2014

MyndMove 8-Stimulation-Channels MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 3, 2014 /CNW/ – MyndTec, an award-winning, Canadian medical technology company announced today the launch of its first commercial product, a revolutionary, new therapy for the treatment of arm and hand paralysis caused by stroke or spinal cord injury. MyndMove™ therapy is based on advanced non-invasive functional electrical stimulation and uses electrical stimulation to create new neural pathways for the recovery of voluntary function following injury to the brain or spinal cord. Continue Reading »

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen: The Next Adventure

Published: September 29, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Amy Van Dyken-RouenAn Olympic athlete and CSU alumna, Amy Van Dyken-Roeun, has recently undergone a new adventure in her life.

Van Dyken-Rouen was involved in an ATV accident on June 6, 2014 leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. A sever in her spine at the T11 vertebrae has posed to be her greatest challenge to overcome.

“It changed my life dramatically, obviously I can’t walk anymore so it changed that,” Van Dyken-Rouen said in a phone interview. “It’s changed my outlook on life. If you can find that little ray of happiness you can dwell on that it will get bigger and bigger.” Continue Reading »