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Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, from Olympian to paraplegic to inspiration

Published: December 29, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen 2015-1Even when life becomes too hectic for Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, she finds a way to progress in her spinal cord rehabilitation.

For 2 ½ months, she was traveling so extensively for speaking engagements that her weekly work with physical therapist Al Biemond at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix had to be put on hold.

Thrust into a role as a spokeswoman for spinal cord injury research because of the fame that comes with six Olympic gold medals, Van Dyken-Rouen accepts her obligation to fly around the country — never easy or painless — to spread a message that many other paraplegics aren’t invited to deliver. Continue Reading »

Motocross rider Bruce Cook lands back flip after spinal injury

Published: January 6, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Bruce CookOne year after he injured his spinal cord, Bruce Cook says he has come a long way

Motocross stunt rider Bruce Cook has taken to old adage “once you fall off the horse; get back on” to heart.

The 27-year old from Kelowna injured his spinal cord while attempting a new world record for a double front flip last January. Continue Reading »

Olympic Swimmer Amy Van Dyken Determined to Walk Again

Published: December 23, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

my Van Dyken, the six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer who became paralyzed when she severed her spinal cord in an ATV crash this summer, says she is determined to walk again. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed man Brandon Stone skydives for charity

Published: October 19, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

“I feel like I’m on death row,” Brandon Stone said, only half-jokingly, on Saturday morning.

Stone, 33, was about two hours from his first skydive. Continue Reading »

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen: The Next Adventure

Published: September 29, 2014 | Category: News | 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 »

KC man doesn’t allow spinal cord injury to hinder him from having a normal life

Published: September 25, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

adam laneKANSAS CITY, Mo. — September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. About 200,000 people in the United States are affected, including metro man Adam Lane.

Ever since a motorcycle accident seven years ago, Lane has had to learn how to navigate life on another set of wheels. When he’s not driving, Lane is rolling. It’s a skill he learned after his accident.

“The bike threw me and I went head first into a 4×4 sign post,” he explained. Continue Reading »

Hard work, innovative program helps her walk again

Published: September 7, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Cara-MoroThree 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. Continue Reading »

Attitude can play significant role in recovery from paralyzing injury

Published: June 16, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

amy-van-dyken-social-media-1The news was the kind commonly termed tragic, yet the communication from Amy Van Dyken-Rouen’s hospital room in Arizona saturated the social media universe with positive vibes.

The former Olympic swimmer smiled in photos. She acknowledged media accounts of the ATV accident that severed her spinal cord. Continue Reading »

Motocross Star, Bruce Cook, Works Toward Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury

Published: May 28, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Bruce CookLife 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. Continue Reading »

Senior aims to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries

Published: May 12, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Jennifer-Bou-LahoudHelped by the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund, Jennifer Bou Lahoud targets a career in neuroscience

Jennifer Bou Lahoud walks confidently, with purpose, in front of her USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences classmates with her diploma in hand. In her mind’s eye, at least, she walks as she used to, before the accident — the way she dreams she’ll someday walk again.

In 2008, the 16-year-old from West Covina, Calif., went on a ski trip with family and friends that took a tragic turn. Bou Lahoud skidded off her sled and slammed into a bed of rocks and packed snow.

“The moment I landed, I felt paralyzed,” she said. Everything she knew was about to change. Continue Reading »