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Go karts help paralyzed racer find new normal

Published: October 4, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

matt-maier-1When he distances himself from the memory, and the wheelchair, Matt Maier is simply racing again. He’s independent and self-assured. His knowledge and experience are advantageous.

He slides his helmet on and the view becomes framed and familiar. This is what he knows: The ripping start-up noise of engines, the smell of the sun baking the race track, the open pavement beckoning.

What’s been new is the adjustment outside of this world, the one with specially adapted cars and physical therapy appointments and the loss of the use of half of his body. Continue Reading »

FINDING HER OWN WAY: Frye learns to overcome spinal cord injury

Published: September 14, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

kandace-frye-katie-sewellROCKINGHAM — About two and a half years ago, 24-year-old Kandace Frye’s life took an unexpected turn following a car accident that left her without sensation or motor control of her entire body from just below her shoulders down — but living with a wheelchair hasn’t stopped Frye from working as a membership representative for FirstHealth Fitness Center in Richmond County.

With help from Katie Sewell, a FirstHealth physical therapist, Frye has discovered creative ways to overcome the accessibility issues people with spinal cord injuries encounter — especially, said Sewell, in rural cities. Continue Reading »

Wheel Love

Published: July 5, 2016 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,
WheelLove.ca

WheelLove.ca

Lessons in life, love and wheelies.

Real life stories from two normal (…ok, somewhat normal) girls living extraordinary lives with men who don’t let their wheelchairs define them.

Wheel Love is a place where people can come to learn about the good, the bad and the ridiculously funny aspects of living with and loving someone in a wheelchair. It’s also a place where people in similar situations can find support, encouragement and friendship through our words, our videos and our experiences. Continue Reading »

A Guide To Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 22, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

This video was done as part of a project for one of Sam’s classes in nursing school. The people interviewed are very near and dear to our hearts and we hope that once you hear their stories they will have stolen a little piece of your heart as well. Continue Reading »

Ekso GT™ Robotic Exoskeleton Cleared by FDA for Use With Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: April 4, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , , ,

Ekso GT Robotic ExoskeletonFirst robotic exoskeleton cleared for use with stroke and spinal cord injury levels to C7

RICHMOND, Calif., April 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:EKSO), a robotic exoskeleton company, today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Ekso GT robotic exoskeleton for use in the treatment of individuals with hemiplegia due to stroke, individuals with spinal cord injuries at levels T4 to L5, and individuals with spinal cord injuries at levels of T3 to C7 (ASIA D), in accordance with device’s labeling. The Ekso GT is the first exoskeleton cleared by the FDA for use with stroke patients. Continue Reading »

Paraplegic Man Races On Mechanical Legs

Published: September 19, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

paraplegic-man-races-on-mechanical-legsDenny Ross – paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident – has gone from counting his steps to counting kilometres, attempting to finish a five kilometre race with the use of a ReWalk exoskeleton on Saturday.

“It’s a huge step,” he said with a laugh while taking part in the N.E.R.D. Run at William Hawrelak Park, an annual fundraiser supporting the University of Alberta’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute.

Ross has been using the exoskeleton as part of a pilot study examining the effects of using the ReWalk device, purchased by the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Society in 2014 and leased to the university for the trial. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed designer creates jeans for women in wheelchairs

Published: August 19, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Heidi McKenzie Alter Ur Ego jeansMost pieces of clothing are not designed for people with disabilities. Alter Ur Ego is not one of them.

Heidi McKenzie, a T4 paraplegic woman paralyzed in a car accident in 2007 at the age of 21, has designed a collection of jeans dubbed Alter Ur Ego for people who use wheelchairs.

After participating in Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky 2012, McKenzie realized she was not the only woman experiencing difficulty finding fashionable yet adaptable clothing that fits a seated body. Continue Reading »

Fostering an accessible environment

Published: April 17, 2015 | Category: News | 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 »

Joel Sardi: My Spinal Cord Injury…

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

joel-royal_talbot-smallThe loss of hand function is one of the most devastating consequences of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) because of its severe impact on the everyday activities of daily living. Melbourne University Researcher Professor Mary Galea and Ms Natasha van Zyl, one of three specialist surgeons in the Upper Limb Program at Austin Health, supported by the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR), are carrying out pioneering research in support of nerve transfer surgery for SCI patients in Victoria. The surgery involves plugging surplus live nerves into nerves that no longer work to reactivate muscles and restore movement in patients’ hands. One of the patients going through the surgery is Joel Sardi. Continue Reading »

With UK Doctor’s Support, Former Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky Finds Few Limitations in Life

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

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2015) — Pockets on the backside of pants are useless for people who sit in a wheelchair all day. And low-waist jeans can be uncomfortably tight and, even worse, an embarrassment when exposing skin. Continue Reading »