This one came to me as a story of a man who creates remarkable works of art with pen and camera despite being a quadriplegic with only minimal use of his right arm. It turned out to be far more than that.
As a student at Hardin County High School in Kentucky in the mid-1980s, Joe Hall knew a girl he “kind of liked.” Continue Reading »
An Olympic athlete and CSU alumna, Amy Van Dyken-Roeun, has recently undergone a new adventure in her life.
Van Dyken-Rouen was involved in an ATV accident on June 6, 2014 leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. A sever in her spine at the T11 vertebrae has posed to be her greatest challenge to overcome.
“It changed my life dramatically, obviously I can’t walk anymore so it changed that,” Van Dyken-Rouen said in a phone interview. “It’s changed my outlook on life. If you can find that little ray of happiness you can dwell on that it will get bigger and bigger.” Continue Reading »
LINCOLN PARK — Mariam Paré paints by loosely holding her paintbrush between her molars.
Paré is paralyzed, the victim of random gun violence that left her unable to walk, and with limited use of her hands.
It’s been 18 years since a bullet lodged in her spine while on a visit to Virginia; she still does not know who shot the bullet that nearly ended her lifelong goal to be an artist. The 38-year-old says it took about eight years after she was shot to get back to the point where her art was before the shooting. Continue Reading »
Adventurer Bob Bell won’t let paralysis keep him from living his life.
Bob Bell is a funny, smart, inquisitive, witty guy.
The kind of fellow that any guy would love to add to his real world friends list.
“So what’s the deal with the Hebrew tattoo on your arm?” he’s asked.
“It’s actually ‘Thy will be done’ from the Lord’s Prayer,” he said. Then his eyes start to twinkle a bit behind his stylish glasses. “I don’t know if God speaks English, but I heard he has a son who speaks Hebrew.” Continue Reading »
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Pensacola, Fla., is more than 1,100 miles from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., but Robert Bell found himself feeling right at home as soon as he visited the Minnesota campus.
The university turned out to be the site of a life-changing event: While an undergraduate student, Bell was accidentally paralyzed while roughhousing with another young man.
Chris Hrabik’s blue-green Subaru Impreza doesn’t have the brooding menace of a muscle car. It’s dusty and plastered with sponsors’ decals. Parked behind his stand at the Cape Girardeau craft market, Hrabik’s race car looks almost like a life-size Hot Wheel.
Hrabik, of Sedgewickville, Missouri, rolls over in his wheelchair and scratches his scruffy beard, admiring his custom-built rally car. He pats the hood proudly with a heavy, oil-stained hand.
“It’s got 75 horsepower,” he says with a smile. “Maybe. On a good day.” Continue Reading »
What started out a dream has now become reality. I began writing Not Without God a couple of years ago, and I wrote sporadically in the beginning. As both of my parents battled serious illnesses I realized (yet again) how precious life is—and how our time is short. My book describes how I healed from near-fatal injuries as a result of an accident that left me paralyzed at sixteen. While crossing the street to get to my friend’s bus stop, I was hit by a car. It’s a miracle from the Lord that I’m alive and able to walk. Continue Reading »