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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

Ed Costa Jr. living life to fullest ‘on wheels’

Published: April 18, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Ed Costa JrAt age 24, Ed Costa Jr. had an ideal life with a great job, good health and good friends.

One spring day, during a two-week work furlough, Ed and his brother decided to head to the nearby Stanislaus River for some fun. Upon arriving, the brothers found the ideal sandbar and dove into the cool, refreshing waters. Splashing, kicking, swimming the brothers thoroughly enjoyed their day and made plans to return the following weekend.

Arriving to the exact same spot at the river the next weekend, Ed bet with his brother that he could beat him to the sandbar and took off running. Taking for granted that the body of water was the exact same depth as it had been the week before, Ed dove in head first and immediately everything went black. Continue Reading »

Recovering quadriplegic returns to the stage

Published: April 18, 2014 | Category: News

quadriplegic returns to the stage Vince Rutley(WJBK) – A 28-year-old man from Clarkston is told he’ll never walk again after a tragic accident, but with modern medicine and raw determination he’s working to prove doctors wrong.

Vince Rutley was newly engaged, learning to act and had just started standup comedy. Then, one day, his brother had car trouble on northbound I-75 near M-59. As Rutley was pulling over to help jumpstart the battery, he was hit by a truck.

He says he was tossed around inside his vehicle and his head was busted open – but his neck snapping is what did the most damage to his body. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed Pepperell man has inspirational story

Published: March 9, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Brian BeekPEPPERELL — Brian Beek is not a competitive person. Never has been, he says. Not even back when he was able-bodied.

However, the 46-year-old father of two has tackled considerable physical challenges since being paralyzed from the chest down in an all-terrain vehicle accident in June 2008. Continue Reading »

Young wrestler fights spinal cord injury

Published: February 24, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Hunter GarstinATLANTA, Ga. – Hunter Garstin is young, soft-spoken and fiercely determined to come back from a devastating spinal cord injury. He was badly hurt during a high school wrestling match in December. However, Garstin is determined his story will not end in a wheelchair.

The Tennessee teenager and his family have gained a huge following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They’re hundreds of miles from home at Shepherd Center, but they’re far from alone. Continue Reading »

Exoskeletons bring people with spinal cord injuries back to their feet

Published: February 19, 2014 | Category: News

Mitch Brogan walking with exoskeletonMitch Brogan has a message for doctors: Don’t tell people with spinal cord injuries they’ll never walk again.

The London, Ont., man, who had his spine severed eight years ago when he was hit by a drunk driver, stands upright and then takes a few steps forward.

What’s helping him move is a wearable robot called an exoskeleton. Brogan is tightly strapped into the device, and with a joystick, he controls where he wants to go. Continue Reading »

Stanton couple shares unique love story

Published: February 17, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Cliff and Denise CopelandMost love stories don’t begin with an accident that leaves one of the lovers paralyzed from the neck down. This one does. And against all odds, it ends with a happily ever after.

Our story gets under way in the summer of 1996, as Cliff Copeland stood beside a car, talking with the driver. The two were “having words,” when the driver unexpectedly hit the gas. In a twist of fate so bizarre it would be difficult to duplicate intentionally, Cliff’s toe snagged beneath the treads of the car’s rear tire.

He tried to pull free, but as the vehicle sped away, Cliff was lifted sideways and twisted, irrevocably damaging the C5 and C6 vertebrae of his spine. Continue Reading »

Rediscovering Love: My 6-year-old and her quadriplegic Dad

Published: December 27, 2013 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

6-year-old and her quadriplegic dad(CNN) — Let me tell you about the amazing kid who lives in our house. She’s 6 and she is the most hysterical, sarcastic, intelligent, funny, sweet, naïve, confident, strong, independent, considerate person I have ever met. I have no idea how she got to be this way.

You see, my husband is a quadriplegic. I care for him, I work full-time, and there are days when I feel like our daughter gets very little of my attention.

Isabel was 6 months old when her dad was injured. Continue Reading »

Florence woman shot by husband vows, ‘I will walk again’

Published: December 13, 2013 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Alisha WatersFLORENCE, Ky. – Alisha Waters’ estranged husband tracked her down, shot her five times and then turned the gun on himself.

The Aug. 6 shooting left her paralyzed.

Alisha’s life will never be the same, but after months of rehab in Atlanta, she’s glad to be home.

Sitting in her wheelchair, she talked about bravely facing her new reality and her reason for fighting to live. Continue Reading »

10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone Who Uses a Wheelchair

Published: November 21, 2013 | Category: Information

Rachelle FriedmanI’ve heard some pretty crazy things come out of people’s mouths in my few short years as a wheelchair user. Most people definitely mean well, but some sentiments aren’t received the way many able bodied people might expect.  In the disabled community, it’s not uncommon for us to joke with each other about some of our interesting conversations with family, friends and strangers that often involve some off putting statements. below are the top 10 things that I’ve heard people say since my injury that don’t necessarily leave me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. –Rachelle Friedman Continue Reading »

Paying it Forward: Helping those with Spinal Injuries

Published: November 8, 2013 | Category: News

Christopher Wynn Buckeye Wellness CenterWe love to bring you good news and all this month we are spotlighting individuals who “Pay It Forward” and make a difference here in Northeast Ohio.

” Quitting has never been an option for me. I’ve never been one to quit.”

Christopher Wynn is the opposite of a quitter. Chris grew up in Broadview Hts and was always very active in fitness and exercise. During the Gulf War he joined the United States Air Force and while off duty at the beach with his life friends his life would be changed forever – Continue Reading »