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Why I Don’t Let Adversity Define My Life After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: April 23, 2017 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

I love lacing up my turquoise Nike running shoes each morning.

However, every time I leave my house, going for a jog is the furthest thing from my mind as the door closes behind me. In fact, I will go out of my way to avoid a set of stairs like it’s the plague. And if I get somewhere and the elevator is out of order, well let’s just say it can sour my mood quicker than a cold cup of coffee.

In spite of all this, I certainly don’t consider myself to be an individual in possession of an indolent nature. Actually, I’m more productive than most people I know. I just don’t use my feet right now. Continue Reading »

Kindness, courage help quadriplegic two years after devastating accident

Published: April 16, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Todd Duitsman has made extraordinary progress since he suffered spinal-cord injuries while body surfing at Big Beach on Maui in 2014. And with unfailing grace and good humor, he inspires others.

EVERETT — With a weightlifter’s grimace, Todd Duitsman focused on exercising his arms. Like most everyone else using the Marysville Family YMCA’s fitness equipment, he was hard at work.

But Duitsman isn’t like everyone else. The Stanwood man is a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Sam Schmidt to receive nation’s first license to drive semi-autonomous car

Published: September 23, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

sam-schmidtSam Schmidt’s first victory as an Indy Racing League driver was at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1999.

Paralyzed from the neck down since 2000, Schmidt is in line for a different type of victory at the speedway Wednesday, when he will become the first person in the nation to receive a restricted driver’s license for a semi-autonomous vehicle, according to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Using only the motions of his head, his breath and voice commands, Schmidt will demonstrate his new driving abilities with a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that was modified by Arrow Electronics. Continue Reading »

Sabrina Cohen Foundation to open accessible beach in Florida

Published: June 28, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Sabrina Cohen Foundation accessible beachOn July 2, the Sabrina Cohen Foundation will be opening an accessible beach to the public, funded by grants from the Craig H. Nielsen Foundation and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for all citizens of Miami Beach to come and enjoy. Sabrina Cohen, CEO & Founder, created the Foundation in 2006 a few years after sustaining a C3-5 level injury in a car accident at the age of 14. Originally she focused on funding research and educating the public, but then saw the array of needs she could help fill with her organization.

“Recognizing a need for quality-of-life initiatives, in 2012, I expanded the mission of my organization to include more adaptive fitness and recreational opportunities for our disabled community, realizing that a lot could be done to meet an unmet need of helping people stay both mentally and physically strong,” Sabrina said. Continue Reading »

Welcome to the hectic lifestyle of IndyCar team owner and quadriplegic Sam Schmidt

Published: June 25, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

sam-schmidt-lifestyleIt was two days after the Indianapolis 500 when Sam Schmidt answered his cellphone and was asked if he finally was home, home being Henderson and Lake Las Vegas.

No, he said. He was at a Taco Bell heading for that weekend’s IndyCar doubleheader in Detroit. He said he hadn’t been home in like forever, that of the next 33 nights or whatever, he would sleep in his own bed only four times.

That sounded like a crazy schedule, I said. Maybe I should write a story about his hectic lifestyle. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic bride marries her Iron Man

Published: June 7, 2016 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Tracy Todd Wedding 1Tracy Todd recently married the man of her dreams in a beautiful ceremony witnessed by friends, family and members of her community.

Tracy Todd’s life changed forever 18 years ago when an accident left her paralysed from the neck down. Tracy was but a newlywed with a 10-month old baby boy. Following the horrific accident Tracy was left to pick up the pieces and start afresh.

In a no-holds barred interview with us, Tracy revealed how she not only lost the use of her upper and lower limbs, but with unflinching honesty, also told us that she lost her career, her independence and her husband (they got divorced a year after the accident). Continue Reading »

Long after his accident, Sam Schmidt takes the wheel again thanks to Project SAM

Published: April 23, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Sam Schmidt and Simon Pagenaud

Sam Schmidt was paralyzed in a testing accident in 2000. Now he can drive again.

In the late 90s, Sam Schmidt had a promising career as an IndyCar driver, finishing fifth in the championship in 1999 after taking his first win in Las Vegas. In off-season, however, his ascension in the sport was derailed. During testing that following January, an accident at Walt Disney World Speedway in Florida left Schmidt a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Wings for Life World Run Ambassador Eric LeGrand: A Work of Art

Published: March 31, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in an October 16, 2010 college football game, fracturing his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae. Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord patient reacts to stem cell breakthrough

Published: January 8, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

WESTLAKE, Ohio —  Cutting edge research being developed in Cleveland could have significant impact on people who’ve suffered spinal cord damage. Continue Reading »

Tetraplegic student completes Tough Mudder Challenge in a wheelchair he controls with his chin

Published: August 23, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Rob Camm enters the mudTough Mudder, which some say is ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’, is a gruelling 12 mile assault course

A student has become the world’s first tetraplegic to take part in Tough Mudder – navigating the gruelling 12-mile course in a pioneering wheelchair he controls with his chin.

Rob Camm, 21, was paralysed in a car crash two years ago which left him with no movement in his body from the neck down just a week before he was due to start university. Continue Reading »