OSKALOOSA, 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 »
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About 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 »
Three 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 »
An Australian man who has high-level quadriplegia has learned to approach life with an incredible spirit. Continue Reading »
South 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 »
Highland Mayor Joe Michaelis recalls hitting each step.
“It seemed like the fall lasted forever,” Michaelis said of falling down the basement stairs of his home on Jan. 25. “When I hit the bottom of the stairs, I knew I was in deep trouble, because I had no feeling.”
Michaelis’ wife, Ethel, heard him fall and immediately called 911. The Highland Fire Department was at their house on Sunflower Drive in about five minutes. Continue Reading »
Joe Stone has used a wheelchair for four and a half years.
In that time the 29-year-old Missoula resident has become the first known quadriplegic to attempt the Ironman Triatholon, biked Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park and established the Joe Stone Foundation to help others with disabilities get active in the outdoors.
Stone shared his story with students at Cayuse Prairie School on Friday. He opened with a video of himself doing in-line skating stunts before an accident left him paralyzed. Then he showed all the falls. Continue Reading »
AUSABLE FORKS — Standing among the friends and family gathered at the Jan. 1 wedding of Michaela Bushey and Kyle Devins were a trio of Pennsylvania rehabilitation specialists.
Frank Hyland, vice president of Rehabilitation Services; Sue Golden, director of neurorehabilitation; and Alyssa Hauck, physical therapist, had traveled from their offices at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown.
Along with joining the festivities at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid, they were there to make sure everything went smoothly as Michaela used an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton to walk down the aisle. Continue Reading »
An accidental gunshot left Kyle Bartolini paralyzed as a preschooler. But today, he’s an active teenager who can get around with crutches or a walker and loves to fish, swim, kayak and play paintball.
He owes this transformation to an exercise-based therapy that teaches lost skills to broken nervous systems. Called locomotor training, it allows people with spinal cord injuries to practice standing and stepping while suspended above a treadmill. University of Louisville Neurosurgery Professor Andrea Behrman is pioneering the treatment in children in a new pediatric program. Continue Reading »
Jay Ruckelshaus graduated high school confident in the future.
The Indianapolis native planned to attend Duke University in the fall of 2011 on a full merit scholarship, and hoped one day to be a politician.
But Ruckelshaus was forced to reevaluate his plans. Just weeks before he was scheduled to arrive on campus, he was involved in a diving accident that left him paralyzed from a severe spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »