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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

Injured Olympian defies doctors to walk for his wedding

Published: July 9, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

On good days, American high jumper Jamie Nieto can shuffle 130 steps without a cane or walker.

It’s an important distance — about the length from the altar to the church door. His vow: Make it all the way, under his own power, when he’s married on July 22.

The two-time Olympian is recovering from a spinal cord injury he suffered on a misjudged backflip in April 2016. The accident initially left him with no feeling in his hands and feet. Walking? Doctors couldn’t predict if he would take more than a few steps — or any at all. Continue Reading »

Ed Jackson: Dragons rugby player on his battle to walk again

Published: June 27, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,


Saturday, 8 April, 2017 was the day that changed the life of rugby player Ed Jackson forever.

The Dragons number eight had just finished lunch at a family barbecue near Bath.

But one “freak” moment later – as he dived into the shallow end of a pool thinking it was the deep end – left the 28-year-old with a broken neck. Continue Reading »

Swimmer determined to help others after injury left him paralyzed

Published: June 23, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,


SONOMA, Calif. (KGO) — ABC7 is recognizing a swimmer who is determined to help others after a spinal cord injury left him paralyzed.

There are those days that will change your life forever. For Theo St. Francis, it was a Saturday, a sunny afternoon in Boston Harbor. It unfolded quickly on August 24th, almost four years ago. Continue Reading »

From father to quadriplegic: How rehab gave me my life back

Published: May 18, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

AFTER the accident the first thing I wanted to do was tell everybody I was going to walk again.

Just days after Christmas in 2014, I fell off the balcony of my Sydney northern beaches home. Our lives turned upside down in an instant.

With my wife Jo by my side, I was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital where it was confirmed that I had suffered a broken neck and crushed spinal cord as a result of the fall.

I suddenly became a C4 incomplete quadriplegic — a condition that left me with limited use of my legs and left arm, and paralysis of my right arm. Continue Reading »

Apple Accessibility — Designed for everyone

Published: May 16, 2017 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Designed for Todd S.

Todd is the CEO of a technology consulting company and a prominent member of the quadriplegic community. With Siri, Switch Control, and the Home app, he can open his front door, adjust the lights in his house, and queue up a party playlist. Continue Reading »

A ‘freak’ accident sidelines lifelong athlete with severe spinal cord injury

Published: May 13, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Some people have natural athletic abilities, and Quebec-born Erin Saari, is one of them. Continue Reading »

Stunning photographs show an abseiling instructor mother plunging off a cliff in her wheelchair with her eight-year-old son for the first time since becoming a quadriplegic

Published: May 8, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

The incredible moment a former abseiling instructor who lost the use of her legs in 2013 after a ‘simple operation on a bulging disc’ was able to dangle off the side of a cliff in her wheelchair has been caught on camera.

Stunning images show Sarah Jane Staszak, 43, with her son Hamish exploring Australia’s scenic Blue Mountains National Park.

The abseiling experience was part of a project by The heART Project which included a full photo shoot highlighting the excitement of the day. Continue Reading »

Realising There Is Life After Spinal Cord Injury Inspired Me To Help Others

Published: May 2, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

As I put down the phone, I really felt for my new mentee Laura and what she was going through. When you have a spinal cord injury, people assume that it just means you can’t walk, but there’s so much more to it than that. That first time we spoke, Laura told me that she hadn’t had any specialist rehabilitation, any wheelchair training, or advice on how to use a catheter. She was lost.

And yet, I felt shockingly reminded of myself while I was talking to her. I too was a young mother when I was involved in a car crash in 1990 that left me permanently paralysed from the waist down. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Children’s Author Talks Stories, Setbacks and Success at Evergreen Elementary

Published: April 29, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Frank and Mustard Simon Calcavecchia, 34, of Olympia, visited Evergreen Elementary School April 7 to talk to students about his books, his music and his disability.

He is the author of a children’s book series called “The Adventures of Frank and Mustard” and has also recorded a collection of hip-hop songs about his characters.

Addressing a room full of first-graders, Calcavecchia started by saying, “I want to tell you what you’re all probably curious about, which is why I am using this wheelchair.” Continue Reading »

Dancer With Spinal Cord Injury Continues To Dance

Published: April 24, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Chelsie Hill’s dream was to be a dancer and it was evident since she was little that the California native had a promising future ahead of her as a dancer. She won awards at state and national dance competitions and by high school graduation her future in dancing looked very promising. Continue Reading »