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Articles Tagged: Inspiration

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 »

Paralyzed man overcomes incredible odds

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

Wesley Jones grew up with a passion for the outdoors. He spent many of his weekends either hunting or fishing.

But his life changed forever on April 9, 1987, when he fell from a tree house and broke his neck. Continue Reading »

Driving wheels of inspiration

Published: February 22, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Driving wheels of inspirationIt is one thing to believe that it is your responsibility to inspire, but driving over 5000kms to reach out to thousands of speciallyabled citizens from the southernmost tip of the country to its northernmost boundary is a pure act of heroism.

Not to forget the perils of spending long arduous months on the road and staying away from loved ones. And to do all this while seated in a wheelchair… is there an adjective that can do justice to such a whole-hearted endeavour? Harry Boniface Prabhu is not in it for the praise, applause and appreciation, anyway.

“I want to educate the disabled. Show them that the world is a wonderful place and help them get rid of their insecurities,” Boniface said earnestly. Continue Reading »

Severed spinal cord no barrier for former rodeo rider

Published: January 22, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Steven ElliottIN THE final minutes of 2003 at a New Year’s Eve rodeo at Townsville’s Black River, Steven Elliott bucked off a bronc called Spaghetti Western and partly severed his spinal cord.

He welcomed New Year in Townsville Hospital as a quadriplegic. His C6 and C7 vertebrae had dislocated and damaged his spinal cord.

Mr Elliott, 39, is in a wheelchair, but you wouldn’t know it, hardly. The chair itself, covered with bulldust and with a dusty, oilskin-covered water bottle on the foot bar, looks more like something out of a Mad Max movie. Continue Reading »

“My everyday life is not ‘legendary’, any more than yours is” -Tim Rushby-Smith

Published: January 18, 2016 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Tim Rushby-Smith with wife and daughterWhy should taking my kids to the beach be a source of inspiration? There’s so much more we could talk about than the fact I’ve left the house.

I was on the beach with my family recently. As I made my way along the sand watching my kids in the surf, a man playing cricket with his son called out to me. “It’s great you’re getting out and about. You’re a legend. A real legend.”

I smiled back, somewhat baffled, and continued on my way. I was well up the beach before I had decoded his comment. My mere presence on the beach had so filled this man with admiration that he felt moved to place me in the company of Achilles. Continue Reading »

The power of positive thinking

Published: October 7, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Michelle BarnhartRegardless of circumstance, Michelle Barnhart has always lived her life with a positive mental attitude.

Barnhart, 28, of Rindge, was left paralyzed from the waist down after an ATV accident on April 23, 2013. Rather than letting the severity of her injury get the best of her, Barnhart will be using her experiences in the coming months to help others recover from similar injuries.

“I want to inspire people, especially in my age group,” said Barnhart. “I want to let people know that there are always ways to live positively. Even after an injury, you can still achieve your hopes and dreams.” Continue Reading »

Epic father-daughter dance, paralyzed dad dances for first time in 17 years!

Published: September 14, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

This quadriplegic dad gave up dancing after he was paralyzed in a car accident. When his daughter got married, he got onto the dance floor for the first time in almost 17 years. Continue Reading »

The way forward

Published: July 18, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

BasileIt was the beginning of a summer that promised to be one of his best ever.

Josh Basile loved his new job as a lawyer at a top medical malpractice firm in Washington. He was smitten with a pretty, dark-haired young woman he’d started dating. And he was planning a big party to mark a momentous milestone: the 10-year anniversary of the day a wave slammed his body head-first into the hard sand of a Delaware beach, crushing the fifth vertebra below his skull and transforming him instantly from an 18-year-old college tennis player into a young man who could not brush his own teeth. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed Cyclist Takes the Ride of His Life

Published: July 4, 2015 | Category: Featured Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Martyn Ashton wants to inspire others

In 2013, stunt cyclist Martyn Ashton, a former world champion mountain biker, crashed during a cycling event and was left paralyzed from the waist down. Continue Reading »

Paralysed three years ago, Jack Kavanagh is about to embark on the original American road trip

Published: May 28, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

THREE YEARS AGO then 20-year-old Jack Kavanagh had the world at his feet when fate struck him an incredibly cruel blow. Now, he’s about to show us what a truly indomitable spirit is as he embarks on a road trip along the west coast of America.

August 2012. Having just finished first year Pharmacy at Trinity College, the windsurfing lifeguard was holidaying in Portugal with friends while he contemplated what came next. Continue Reading »