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Articles Tagged: Inspiration

Paralysis leads to business success

Published: April 14, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Paul Farthing Southeast MedicalOn July 27, 1993, 19-year-old Paul Farthing was playing with his Great Dane pup near his backyard pool.

“I had just shaved my head and was preparing to go back to The Citadel. I was selected for the Training Cadre,” said Farthing, now 39.

He was playfully taunting the pup to get her to chase him toward the pool, and then he’d jump in. The puppy wasn’t ready for water sports, so she didn’t follow. During one of his jumps, Farthing found himself at the shallow end of the pool. Continue Reading »

The Upsee by Firefly

Published: April 2, 2014 | Category: Featured Videos

Our products make lives better. Firefly is about special needs family participation, helping more children take part in special family moments. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed Pepperell man has inspirational story

Published: March 9, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Brian BeekPEPPERELL — Brian Beek is not a competitive person. Never has been, he says. Not even back when he was able-bodied.

However, the 46-year-old father of two has tackled considerable physical challenges since being paralyzed from the chest down in an all-terrain vehicle accident in June 2008. Continue Reading »

Meet Chris Hrabik, The Quadriplegic Rally Car Racer

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

Chris Hrabik Quadriplegic Rally Car RacerRally car racing is popular in Europe and Canada, but it has a much lower profile in the United States. It is a dangerous sports in which racers thrash through rural, gravel roads at high speeds in street-legal cars as they try to score the fastest time.

Chris Hrabik, from Sedgewickville, will compete in a nationally-sponsored rally this week in Salem, Missouri. And here’s the twist – he’s a quadriplegic.

Chris Hrabik can usually be found leaning over a huge sheets of metal, making precision cuts with a plasma cutter. In the corner of his nearly completed shop sit a half-dozen five-foot tall metal sunflowers. Continue Reading »

The inspirational doctor paralyzed from the waist who can still perform surgeries thanks to remarkable stand-up wheelchair

Published: November 27, 2013 | Category: News

paralyzed doctor performs surgeryA successful Missouri surgeon has beaten unbelievable odds by returning to the OR after suffering sudden paralysis from the waist down.

Dr. Ted Rummel lost his ability to walk or stand when a blood-filled cyst on his spine burst in 2010. A year of intense rehabilitation later, he was back in the game.

Rummel even overcame the hindrance of sitting as he worked by utilizing an ingenious stand-up wheel chair. Continue Reading »

After dire diagnosis, man with spinal cord injury tells his story through blog

Published: November 5, 2013 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Ryan AtkinsAs a junior at the University of Cincinnati, Ryan Atkins was “on top of the world”. He had a full ride scholarship, a good internship and everything that comes with college life.

“I thought at 21 years old, what could be better? And all of a sudden I’m driving with some fraternity brothers and lost control of the car,” explained Atkins.

The accident on Nov. 20, 2009 changed his life.

“Next thing I know, I broke my neck and I was in the hospital for about four months and paralyzed below the shoulders, and not really given much hope from doctors, and pretty much told that this would be my life.” Continue Reading »

Muffy Davis achieves goals despite injury

Published: October 11, 2013 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

When Muffy Davis was a teenager, she used to ski against Picabo Street, the two rivals dreaming of someday competing for Olympic gold.

Davis had that dream taken away when she was just 16 years old. During a downhill training run, Davis veered off course and suffered a severe spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the middle of her chest down.

But Davis’s Olympic dream turned out to be more durable than she could have imagined. With enough determination, she was able to make it come true after all. Continue Reading »

Life-changing injury has woman striving to fulfill dreams

Published: September 25, 2013 | Category: News

Natalie BarnhardAfter suffering severe spinal cord injury in workplace accident, Natalie Barnhard has devoted herself to helping others with spinal cord injuries through her Wheels With Wings Foundation. She dreams of one day helping build a local rehab facility

Natalie M. Barnhard has a dream. Actually, she has three of them.

The most immediate is to continue helping other people with spinal cord injuries, through her Wheels With Wings Foundation that has raised about $115,000.

Her long-range goal is to help build a local rehabilitation and support center for people with such injuries. Continue Reading »

Paralytic jumper an inspiration to the disabled

Published: September 21, 2013 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

SIBU: Barely a day in Sibu, Canadian BASE jumper Lonnie Bissonnette has become an instant inspiration to people here, particularly the disabled.

Lonnie, 48, paralysed from the shoulder down, is the first and only paraplegic in the world doing the BASE jump. Continue Reading »

Rutgers retires Eric LeGrand’s No. 52 jersey

Published: September 14, 2013 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Eric LeGrand saw his number retiredPISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Moments after becoming the first player in the 144-year history of Rutgers football to have his jersey retired, Eric LeGrand told a loving crowd that his beliefs haven’t changed in the three years since he was paralyzed in a game against Army.

He will walk again.

In a passionate halftime plea to the crowd shortly after the No. 52 jersey was unveiled on the upper level box at High Point Solutions Stadium where the game is filmed, LeGrand asked them to support research to final a cure for paralysis, a cause he has joined by forming “Team LeGrand.” Continue Reading »