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‘You can still live life’

Published: April 25, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Drew CumpsonIn a few days, Drew Cumpson will be marking the fifth anniversary of an event that dramatically changed his life — but one which he can’t remember.

If he needs to recall the exact date, he only need look at his left arm. Tattooed there is “05/10/11,” along with the words by which he has tried to live ever since: Keep Fighting, Keep Smiling, Stay Strong.

It is all a reminder of the trip Cumpson took to Peru back in May 2011 where a freak accident left him a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Kiwi wakeboarder Brad Smeele back on the water

Published: April 15, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Brad Smeele wakeboardingBrad Smeele, pictured here at the recently opened cable wake park at Auckland’s Onehunga Lagoon, has been out on the water to watch his mates wakeboard on Lake Maraetai near Mangakino.

Once Brad Smeele was carefully lifted on to a speedboat for a rare excursion since a wakeboarding accident left him as a quadriplegic, he didn’t quite take to the trip like a duck to water.

The 29-year-old New Zealander, who has no feeling from the neck down since suffering a serious injury while wakeboarding in Florida in 2014 Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Jaimen Hudson’s soaring success

Published: April 2, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Jaimen Hudson and his girlfriendLeft a quadriplegic by an accident at the age of 17, Jaimen Hudson never said die. Instead, he found a way to soar – and the world took notice.

There’s a time before, and a time after. One’s not better than the other; they’re just different. These days, he doesn’t think much about the “before” time – before the day, at the age of 17, when he flew through the air on his Honda dirt bike for the last time.

There’s nothing he can do about the fact that before, he was 1.9 metres tall and could go free-riding with friends, scooting around sand dunes. Or, of a morning, wander outside in his boxer shorts to see what the surf was doing and, if it was good, nip back home to grab his board. Now, he has to wait until a carer arrives just to get out of bed. Continue Reading »

Wings for Life World Run Ambassador Eric LeGrand: A Work of Art

Published: March 31, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in an October 16, 2010 college football game, fracturing his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed man overcomes incredible odds

Published: March 4, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Wesley Jones grew up with a passion for the outdoors. He spent many of his weekends either hunting or fishing.

But his life changed forever on April 9, 1987, when he fell from a tree house and broke his neck. Continue Reading »

I May Have Suffered A Spinal Injury, But The Ball Is Still In My Court

Published: February 25, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Hand with glove catching baseball

My love for the game of baseball began the moment I picked up a bat and a ball at two years old. From that day forward, I couldn’t put them down. Fast forward 17 years and I was fully intent on chasing my childhood and lifelong dream to be a Major League Baseball player.

By February 2011, I was still beaming from a steamroll of of successes over the previous year: My high school had won our division championship, finishing first throughout the state of California. I had won every individual award possible, ranging from League MVP to California State Player of the Year. Continue Reading »

A Life Repurposed

Published: January 26, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Ryan Atkins and Stephanie PerryRyan Atkins was on path to graduate from UC when a devastating 2009 car accident left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Six years later, he completes the journey.

THAT FALL PROMISED TO BE HIS BEST EVER.

Ryan Atkins was in his third year at the University of Cincinnati on a full scholarship through the prestigious Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS business program. His beloved UC football team was undefeated that season and on their way to the Sugar Bowl. Thanksgiving break loomed, bookended by a jaunt to New York for a college conference and a trip to Europe that spring. Continue Reading »

Severed spinal cord no barrier for former rodeo rider

Published: January 22, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Steven ElliottIN THE final minutes of 2003 at a New Year’s Eve rodeo at Townsville’s Black River, Steven Elliott bucked off a bronc called Spaghetti Western and partly severed his spinal cord.

He welcomed New Year in Townsville Hospital as a quadriplegic. His C6 and C7 vertebrae had dislocated and damaged his spinal cord.

Mr Elliott, 39, is in a wheelchair, but you wouldn’t know it, hardly. The chair itself, covered with bulldust and with a dusty, oilskin-covered water bottle on the foot bar, looks more like something out of a Mad Max movie. Continue Reading »

Despite paralysis, Trojan Jack Jablonski is making a name in hockey, the sport he loves

Published: January 5, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

jack-jablonskiInjured as a high school player, the USC communications major is working off the ice with the LA Kings

An on-ice injury during a high school game in 2011 left Jack Jablonski — now a USC communications student — paralyzed from the chest down. But that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing a career in the sport.

Jablonski is interning this season with the Los Angeles Kings as part of the communications department and working in the press box at Staples Center on game nights. Continue Reading »

The Desire: A quadriplegic makes a film on his ‘feeling, emotion’

Published: December 13, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

quadriplegic-Jitendra Kumar BiswalHe cannot walk or move any of his limbs, is perpetually on an automatic wheel chair and needs the support of at least two attendants round the clock. He only manages to raise his right forearm to pick up a pen or mobile phone.

But that has not deterred Jitendra Kumar Biswal, a quadriplegic since childhood, from conceptualizing a film and playing the lead in it. The 35-minute short film, The Desire, is the story of a person with extreme disability and his relationship with a “normal” girl.

“The message of my film is clear: like any other human being, people with disability have feeling, emotion and desire. It is time society recognizes and respects it,” Biswal, 44, told HT. Continue Reading »

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