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Articles Tagged: Inspiration

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 »

Star reporter Barbara Turnbull overcame debilitating injury to carve out a superlative career

Published: May 10, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Barbara TurnbullTurnbull, who died Sunday afternoon at age 50, is remembered for her “strength, her bravery, the depth of her independence, her writing talent and her vibrant personality.”

Retired Toronto Star editor Nick van Rijn admits that when he first saw reporter Barb Turnbull in the newsroom, he thought: “What is she doing here?”

Years earlier, a teenage Turnbull had been shot in the neck during a robbery, severing her spinal cord and rendering her a high-level quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic sailing instructor defying odds of disability

Published: May 5, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

WHISKEYTOWN LAKE, Calif. – Michael Strahle is a quadriplegic sailing instructor at Whiskeytown Lake but he isn’t letting his disability define him or stop him from doing what he loves. Continue Reading »

Man With Quadriplegia Who Flew Solo Around Australia Says He Hasn’t Yet ‘Reached The Top’

Published: March 3, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

An Australian man who has high-level quadriplegia has learned to approach life with an incredible spirit. Continue Reading »