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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

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 »

15 years on ventilator: Hockessin man fosters awareness

Published: May 1, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Jay HawthorneIt’s the hugs that Jay Hawthorne misses most.

A ventilator-dependent quadriplegic for the last 15 years, Hawthorne used to enjoy feeling his grandmother’s comforting presence envelop him. A ladies’ man, he used to bench press 350 pounds and run 5 miles just for fun.

He used to be able to whistle without feeling winded.

After falling from 14 feet in a construction accident, the Hockessin iron worker broke his neck and resigned himself to spending the rest of his life in a $20,000 chair. Continue Reading »

What a Scuba Diver with a Spinal Cord Injury Has to Teach Us About the Learning Process

Published: April 27, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Stan ClawsonStan Clawson loves to open the door for people. “They don’t expect it,” he says. Clawson, a filmmaker and communications professor based in Salt Lake City, is in his late 30s with sandy hair, blue eyes, and a handlebar mustache. He’s tall, “six-foot-four,” he says,  “you know… laying down. Upright? I’m not sure. Maybe four-foot-eight? Four-ten?”

Clawson has the deep, dynamic voice of a radio announcer and something of the devil in him. He’s been in a wheelchair since a rock climbing accident when he was 20 years old, when he fell 49 feet and severed his spinal cord between the T9 and T10 vertebrae. Since then, he’s learned to boogie board and downhill ski. He’s competed in marathons. And he’s earned advanced certifications as an open water diver. Continue Reading »

Living with a spinal cord injury for 50 years and counting!

Published: April 21, 2015 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

IMG_0011.JPGI am a 50 year SCI ‘spinal cord injury’ survivor. I wrote this hoping it might encourage someone or help them get diagnosed.

Life is pretty much what we make of it, change is constant in a body and this world, but we can cope with those changes.

Stuff happens, we must cope with what comes our way. We just need a combination of faith, good doctors and medical technology, hard work and some luck. Continue Reading »

New technology a ‘game-changer’ for quadriplegic cattleman

Published: April 20, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

quadriplegic cattleman Rob CookRenowned quadriplegic cattleman Rob Cook has moved 2,500 kilometres across the country to trial new cattle yard technology he says is changing his world.

The fourth-generation producer and Nuffield scholar moved from his family’s property Suplejack Downs Station in the Northern Territory, to Queensland’s Bundaberg region, 15 months ago.

He is testing new devices including a joystick that lets him operate cattle drafting gates from his wheelchair. Continue Reading »

Man Breaks Neck Doing Plunge for Landon: One Year Later

Published: April 9, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Nilson in his custom power chair for huntingOSKALOOSA, Iowa – April 9, 2015 may be an ordinary day for most folks, but for Cole Nilson it marks one-year anniversary of the day he was paralyzed while trying to help others. In 2014, Landon Shaw, of Tarkio, Missouri, was five-months-old and had stage four brain cancer. Landon’s family created a Facebook page, on March 30, 2014, asking people to “Plunge for Landon” and then post their plunge to the page. Each plunger would send the Shaw family money, to help cover Landon’s medical expenses (Landon is still fighting his cancer). Cole Nilson took the challenge and dove into a pond, head first. It was in that moment that Nilson’s charitable action turned into a battle for his life. Continue Reading »

About Jason Roy and the The Zero 2 a Hundred Foundation

Published: March 30, 2015 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , ,

Jason-Roy-authorAbout Jason: Jason Roy, a Houston, Texas native, attended Sharpstown High School and is a graduate of Texas Southern University. In 2003, Jason completed his Bachelors of Science in Administration of Justice, which was the prelude to his pursuit of a career in law enforcement. In 2006, Jason joined the Houston Police Department, where he would eventually be promoted to the Crime Reduction Unit of the Gang Division in 2008. He was a member of this elite force until his career came to an abrupt end after being involved in a near fatal, high speed chase while in the line of duty. On May 3, 2011, Jason found himself fighting for his life once more after becoming trapped in the wreckage of his squad car. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic mom raising twin girls faces extra hurdles

Published: March 4, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

quadriplegic mom with twinsThree years ago, she gave birth to twin girls at Hamilton’s McMaster University Medical Centre, an event so rare that her care team did not know of another similar case.

Emma Whelan wants a cuddle.

There are strangers in her house and the three-year-old needs the protection of her mother’s lap.

She scrambles up her mother’s legs, grabbing the wheelchair for support, and settles into the crook of her mom’s shoulder. 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 »

Wheelchair tennis helps overcome injuries

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

2014 US Open Wheelchair ChampionshipSouth Charlotte pair travels the country playing in tournaments

Nick Burnham and Larry Keeter have a lot in common.

They share a south Charlotte apartment, but they also are tennis partners who travel together to compete in tournaments across the country.

They play in a wheelchair league because they also both are incomplete paraplegics, having sustained injuries that left them with spinal-cord injuries that changed their lives. Continue Reading »