Blaine Penny knew he’d be caught eventually, and it happened at the 65-kilometre mark of his race. The chase car pulled up beside him as he chugged along by himself on the road just outside Niagara Falls.
At that distance, the 40-year-old Calgarian had run a marathon-and-a-half. He was the last man standing so-to-speak and won the Canadian race at the Wings for Life World Run, which raised more than $4.2 million for spinal cord research on May 3. Continue Reading »
Now 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.
Published: November 12, 2014 | Category:News | Spinal Cord Injury:C-7
Quadriplegic athlete is featured speaker at fundraising event for DREAM Adaptive
Joe Stone doesn’t recall much about the speed flying accident that sent him crashing at 50 miles an hour into the face of Missoula’s Mount Jumbo, putting him in a month-long coma, rendering him quadriplegic and nearly ending his life.
But more impressive than his unlikely survival was his resolve, which gripped him the instant he awoke from the dark maw of unconsciousness, to again venture forth into the mountains. Continue Reading »
In the Arabian Nights story, whenever Ali Baba shouts “Open Sesame,” the door to the den of the Forty Thieves opens. But for the 10 beta testers of the Sesame phone, uttering that phrase means unlocking their smartphones without the use of their hands. Once the touch-free phone is active, users merely have to move their heads to control the cursor on screen. And yes, they can do anything a smartphone’s capable of, including sending messages and emails, taking/making calls and downloading apps. They can even play games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush by using head gestures. Once they’re done, they simply have to say “Close Sesame” to lock their phones again. Continue Reading »
Getting Back Up seeks to help those living with a spinal cord injury by improving their quality of life TODAY. The focus is on providing goods and services which can help make a difference in someone’s immediate situation. Unfortunately, health and medical insurance often fail to provide individuals with the tools they need to truly improve their quality of life. Getting Back Up exists to help bridge that gap. Continue Reading »
As a professional triathlete and former swimmer at the University of Georgia, Haley Chura always has raced to a finish line. There’s always been a beginning, middle and defined end to every race she has ever entered — until just recently.
At 6 a.m. ET on May 4 in Florida, Chura was one of nearly 36,000 runners worldwide who took part in the Wings For Life World Run to raise money for spinal-cord research. Held simultaneously on 34 courses in six continents and 13 time zones, the event featured an unusual format: All entrants began at the same time and ran until they were passed by a “Catcher Car” that started 30 minutes later. Continue Reading »
Published: April 3, 2014 | Category:News | Spinal Cord Injury:C-5
Almost five years ago, in a dusty Afghan village thousands of miles from Tampa, Florida an event occurred that forever changed the lives of one young American couple. Through their journey of sacrifice, struggle and determination, the concept of the Stay in Step Recovery Center was born.
On that fateful day, Chief Warrant Officer Romulo “Romy” Camargo was out conducting operations with his small team of Green Berets. The mission was to locate the whereabouts of an infamous Taliban Commander. Leading from the front, as was his style, Chief Romy Camargo stood in the turret of his vehicle as the team withdrew from the village. Suddenly, the team came under heavy enemy fire. Romy immediately began organizing his men in response to the attack. Continue Reading »