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Numbers Tell The Tale Of The Wings For Life World Run

Published: May 3, 2015

Wings for Life World Run 2015 bNow the dust has settled on an unforgettable day of running and inspiration, the numbers that lie behind the second Wings for Life World Run show how the event captured the world’s imagination.

Encouraged and supported by thousands of volunteers, athletes from all four corners of the globe came together on Sunday, not just to provide a true sporting spectacle but also a formidable demonstration of determination and fun.

And the figures are finally in… Continue Reading »

15 years on ventilator: Hockessin man fosters awareness

Published: May 1, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Jay HawthorneIt’s the hugs that Jay Hawthorne misses most.

A ventilator-dependent quadriplegic for the last 15 years, Hawthorne used to enjoy feeling his grandmother’s comforting presence envelop him. A ladies’ man, he used to bench press 350 pounds and run 5 miles just for fun.

He used to be able to whistle without feeling winded.

After falling from 14 feet in a construction accident, the Hockessin iron worker broke his neck and resigned himself to spending the rest of his life in a $20,000 chair. Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Axon Injury Location Determines Neuron’s Regenerative Fate

Published: April 30, 2015

Spinal Cord Axon Injury LocationResearchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report a previously unappreciated phenomenon in which the location of injury to a neuron’s communication wire in the spinal cord — the axon — determines whether the neuron simply stabilizes or attempts to regenerate. The study, published April 30 by Neuron, demonstrates how advances in live-imaging techniques are revealing new insights into the body’s ability to respond to spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »

Father fights for state support for paralysis research

Published: April 29, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Matthew Rodreick and his son, Gabe, work out in space dedicated to Gabe's physical therapy behind his Minneapolis home on Tuesday. "It's kind of a weird coincidence, but it's normal to me now," Gabe said about his injury. Both Gabe and his father have been campaigning for the last five years and believes it is "time for us to win something."

After an injury paralyzed his son, Matthew Rodreick has spent years advocating for funding to research spinal cord injuries.

Matthew Rodreick hasn’t cut or combed his hair in over six years.

After his son became paralyzed, Rodreick vowed not to maintain his hair until his son is out of his wheelchair. His long, gray dreadlocks now reach the lower part of his back. Continue Reading »

What a Scuba Diver with a Spinal Cord Injury Has to Teach Us About the Learning Process

Published: April 27, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Stan ClawsonStan Clawson loves to open the door for people. “They don’t expect it,” he says. Clawson, a filmmaker and communications professor based in Salt Lake City, is in his late 30s with sandy hair, blue eyes, and a handlebar mustache. He’s tall, “six-foot-four,” he says,  “you know… laying down. Upright? I’m not sure. Maybe four-foot-eight? Four-ten?”

Clawson has the deep, dynamic voice of a radio announcer and something of the devil in him. He’s been in a wheelchair since a rock climbing accident when he was 20 years old, when he fell 49 feet and severed his spinal cord between the T9 and T10 vertebrae. Since then, he’s learned to boogie board and downhill ski. He’s competed in marathons. And he’s earned advanced certifications as an open water diver. Continue Reading »

Many gyms not fully accessible to people in wheelchairs

Published: April 23, 2015

(Reuters Health) – – While some fitness centers may be accessible enough for wheelchairs to get through the door, most lack all of the accommodations necessary for people with limited mobility to use the gym, a small Mississippi study suggests.

All 10 gyms the researchers examined in Hattiesburg, Mississippi had elevators, and most had accessible parking and ramps, accommodations recommended by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But none had equipment designed for use by people in wheelchairs or staff trained to help these individuals work out. Continue Reading »

‘Exciting discovery’ could aid frontline spinal injury treatment

Published: April 22, 2015

Scientists a step closer to treating harmful inflammation after spinal cord injury

Rapid treatment with a new anti-inflammatory could have a major impact on recovery from spinal cord injury, University of Queensland researchers have found.

UQ School of Biomedical Sciences’ Dr Marc Ruitenberg and PhD student Ms Faith Brennan said they made the discovery during laboratory trials with an experimental drug. Continue Reading »

New technology a ‘game-changer’ for quadriplegic cattleman

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

quadriplegic cattleman Rob CookRenowned quadriplegic cattleman Rob Cook has moved 2,500 kilometres across the country to trial new cattle yard technology he says is changing his world.

The fourth-generation producer and Nuffield scholar moved from his family’s property Suplejack Downs Station in the Northern Territory, to Queensland’s Bundaberg region, 15 months ago.

He is testing new devices including a joystick that lets him operate cattle drafting gates from his wheelchair. Continue Reading »

Fostering an accessible environment

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

Monica Kamal and Tina McFaddenMonica Kamal of McFarland and Tina McFadden of Cottage Grove are two of the brightest, cheerful and animated people you could ever want to meet. Their joy in living is obvious and contagious. When first meeting them, you might wonder just what fuels their enthusiasm for life and gives them their deep sense of happiness.

With substantial backgrounds in higher education and professional careers, you might conclude that their disciplined involvement in the world answers the question of how they came to be so content and full of life. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Chad Graham to drive off-road buggy 4800km from Kalgoorlie to Cobar to raise money for others

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

Chad Graham in his off-road buggyCHAD Graham’s left hand, you notice, is strapped onto the steering wheel of his customised buggy.

Not around the wheel. Onto it.

“My fingers and hand, they can’t really grip anything,’’ he explains. “So I’m strapped on and steer with my wrist.

“Then, because I can’t operate the brake or accelerator pedals either, my right hand is tied into the top of this gearstick.” Continue Reading »