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Sam Schmidt hopes foundation leaves ultimate legacy

Published: May 31, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

When Sam Schmidt began to prepare his remarks for his Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, he struggled.

The race car driver and owner knows it’s his accomplishments on the track that qualified him for the honor, but that’s not the only legacy he’s hoping to leave. At least not since his crash on Jan. 6, 2000, at Walt Disney World Speedway that rendered him a quadriplegic.

“I really feel longer term, what I hope to be known for is more what’s happened after my injury,” Schmidt said. “The whole idea of overcoming adversity and moving on. I wouldn’t wish this injury on anybody, but I truly feel now, 17 years later, that I have helped thousands more people than I ever could have being a race car driver.” Continue Reading »

What is a spinal cord injury?

Published: May 28, 2017 | Category: Answers

A spinal cord injury means that the spinal cord of a person is damaged and the person cannot do things that they otherwise would have been able to do such as walking (mobility) or feeling in certain parts of their body.

The spinal cord of a person is roughly 50 centimetres in length and it spreads from the bottom of the brain to about the waist. It is a key bundle of nerves that facilitates communication between the brain and the rest of the body, giving instructions to initiate actions such as movement.  It consists of 31 pairs of nerves which connect it to different parts of the body, with the nerves that are on the left connecting with the left side of the body and those that are on the right connecting with the right side of the body (WHO, 2010). Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Argentine finds adrenaline rush with racing drone

Published: May 26, 2017 | Category: Featured Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

Agustín Zanoli loved the rush of riding motorcycles and ATVs, but after an accident left him paralyzed, he was unable to participate in some of his favorite activities. Continue Reading »

From father to quadriplegic: How rehab gave me my life back

Published: May 18, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

AFTER the accident the first thing I wanted to do was tell everybody I was going to walk again.

Just days after Christmas in 2014, I fell off the balcony of my Sydney northern beaches home. Our lives turned upside down in an instant.

With my wife Jo by my side, I was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital where it was confirmed that I had suffered a broken neck and crushed spinal cord as a result of the fall.

I suddenly became a C4 incomplete quadriplegic — a condition that left me with limited use of my legs and left arm, and paralysis of my right arm. Continue Reading »

Apple Accessibility — Designed for everyone

Published: May 16, 2017 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Designed for Todd S.

Todd is the CEO of a technology consulting company and a prominent member of the quadriplegic community. With Siri, Switch Control, and the Home app, he can open his front door, adjust the lights in his house, and queue up a party playlist. Continue Reading »

A ‘freak’ accident sidelines lifelong athlete with severe spinal cord injury

Published: May 13, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Some people have natural athletic abilities, and Quebec-born Erin Saari, is one of them. Continue Reading »

Schmidt, Andretti trade barbs on eve of semi-autonomous car showdown

Published: May 12, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — They stared each other down with seemingly serious intentions, two racers sounding like boxers as they engaged in playful trash talk and measured each other.

“Just take it easy on me,” said Sam Schmidt, the quadriplegic in a wheelchair.

“Just take it easy on me,” said Mario Andretti, the 77-year-old Hall of Fame legend with 52 career Indy car wins, including the 1969 Indianapolis 500. “We might not be friends after tomorrow.” Continue Reading »

The key numbers from a record-breaking Wings for Life World Run

Published: May 11, 2017 | Category: News

The fourth Wings for Life World Run was another record-breaking edition – with 155,288 registered participants raising a huge 6.8 million euros for spinal cord research. The global movement saw 27 course records smashed as participants of all levels, from fun runners to elite champions, set off at 11:00 UTC, running side-by-side and via the App across 111 locations in 58 countries around the planet.

Their target? To race – in glorious weather, searing heat or freezing cold, depending on the location – and for as long as possible outrun the moving finish lines that are the Catcher Cars, driven by the likes of Formula One legend David Coulthard in the UK and Carlos Sainz in Spain.

Here are some of the key numbers from an unforgettable day of racing… Continue Reading »

United Spinal’s “Roll on Capitol Hill” to Advocate for Policies that Strengthen Health and Independence for Wheelchair Users

Published: May 9, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Richard Bagby of Richmond, Virginia to Represent Disability Community

NEW YORK, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association’s 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 11-14 in Washington, D.C., will host Richard Bagby, former collegiate athlete and deputy director of the organization’s Virginia chapter, along with other prominent disability advocates to speak directly with legislators on issues that affect the independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

Bagby will be attending Roll on Capitol Hill to urge his state representatives to support legislation that helps people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) become productive members of society. Continue Reading »

Stunning photographs show an abseiling instructor mother plunging off a cliff in her wheelchair with her eight-year-old son for the first time since becoming a quadriplegic

Published: May 8, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

The incredible moment a former abseiling instructor who lost the use of her legs in 2013 after a ‘simple operation on a bulging disc’ was able to dangle off the side of a cliff in her wheelchair has been caught on camera.

Stunning images show Sarah Jane Staszak, 43, with her son Hamish exploring Australia’s scenic Blue Mountains National Park.

The abseiling experience was part of a project by The heART Project which included a full photo shoot highlighting the excitement of the day. Continue Reading »