Logan Seelye doesn’t like to use the word paralyzed. After suffering a life-changing injury nearly 10 years ago at a summer football camp, the 26-year-old Spanaway resident has heard enough about what he might never do again.
Logan Seelye doesn’t like to use the word paralyzed.
After suffering a life-changing injury nearly 10 years ago at a summer football camp, the 26-year-old Spanaway resident has heard enough about what he might never do again.
He cares more about what he can do — and strive to do.
“Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it,” Seelye said. Continue Reading »
CAMBRIDGE — Mark Pollock was accustomed to facing challenges most people would never dream of when he suffered a setback three years ago that left him broken in body, if not in spirit.
Blind since the age of 22, Pollock, a native of Northern Ireland, had conquered one frontier after another as an extreme adventure athlete. He’d run marathons in the Gobi Desert, in the shadow of Mt. Everest, and by the banks of the Dead Sea. In 2009, he became the first blind man to race to the South Pole on skis, a 22-day trek in temperatures that dipped into the minus-50s. A year later, Pollock co-skippered a boat in the Round Ireland Yacht Race, a grueling, 1,400-mile test of physical endurance and seamanship. Continue Reading »
If you come across a photo of David Hudgik, most likely he’s smiling. It reflects his optimism 16 months after being paralyzed in a trampoline accident at his home in Keene.
Life moves forward for the 17-year-old Keene High School senior and his family, even when they’re tempted to shake their fists at fate. But that won’t do. Boxes in their new house in Keene need to be unpacked. The interior of the new elevator needs staining. There’s a hockey puck to drop today.
The eight-point New Year’s resolution list Hudgik crafted with his father, Paul, is about moving forward, not looking back. No. 1 on the list: “GET ON SNOW ASAP.” Continue Reading »
Former Middleweight World Champion, Paul “The Punisher” Williams (41W-2L-27KO) recently gave his first televised interview since May 2012, where a motorcycle accident left the feared fighter paralyzed him from the waist down. Continue Reading »
Welcome to reality. You are a teenager in the Bronx, and you have been shot by a gun. You have a spinal cord injury and a new identity: paraplegic. Life as you know it is changed in ways you never imagined.
This was the reality of rap artists Namel “Tapwaterz” Norris and Ricardo “Rickfire” Velasquez, ages 17 and 19, respectively, at the time of their life-changing accidents. Continue Reading »
She’ll wear the same dress at the ceremony one year after tragic accident
RALEIGH, N.C. — A year after she was paralyzed in poolside horseplay at her bachelorette party, Rachelle Friedman knows one thing she would change about her life before the injury.
“I wish we had danced together more because I love dancing so much, and we didn’t do it enough,” she says of her soon-to-be husband. “Looking back, I would have done it every night.”
Friedman will finally make it down the aisle on Friday, marrying the man who has waited with her to exchange vows since the accident. She is wearing the same gown she chose for the first ceremony but with her father pushing her wheelchair down the aisle instead of walking her down it, arm in arm. Continue Reading »
HANDCYCLIST and paralympic hopeful Karen Darke ended an awareness-raising tour in Sheffield – where she inspired patients with a message of hope for the future.
Karen’s four-day tour of spinal cord injuries centres in the north of England had begun at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and called at the Spinal Injuries Centre at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield – where Karen was herself treated – before finishing at the Princess Royal Spinal Cord Injuries Centre at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.
Sheffield firm B Braun Medical was Karen’s sponsorship partner for the initiative and around 20 Braun employees also took to their bikes to join her during various stages of the event. Continue Reading »
In the face of adversity, Cory Parsons not only committed himself to his recovery, but to helping others similarly reach for their dreams.
A motivational speaker, sports advocate and athlete, the Nanaimo resident has recently added cookbook author to his list of titles.
More than just a cookbook, Cooking with Cory: Inspirational Recipes for the Fearless Cook (published by North Vancouver’s Whitecap Books), references Parsons’ personal story of resilience. Twelve years ago, his life took a turn when, at age 23, he had a diving accident. While he’s come to terms with his life-changing spinal injury and made incredible gains, it’s been a tough road. Continue Reading »