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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

Spinal injury hasn’t held him back from life

Published: January 25, 2015 | Category: News

Joe DillonAt Harriton High School in Lower Merion, Joe Dillon avoided the party crowd. But after a girlfriend broke his heart, his buddies talked him into drinking. On the night of August 9, 1976, Dillon, then 21, was drunk when he decided to dive off a wall into the bay at Somers Point, N.J.

He dove 13 feet – into what turned out to be 18 inches of water, shattering his fourth cervical vertebra into splinters. Continue Reading »

Ed Faulds honored for exceptional volunteer work

Published: January 20, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Volunteer Ed Faulds honoredMonroe Fire Department Volunteer Ed Faulds was already recognized for his dedication and commitment to the fire department’s prevention and pre-fire planning division last June.

So, in December, when they named him the 2014 Administrative Staff Member of the Year, he was a little surprised.

Faulds, who has been serving as the department’s pre-incident planning technician for nearly two years, has lived in Monroe nearly all his life. The 53-year-old volunteers at the fire department three days a week, working to craft a series of digital building schematics for all of the high-occupancy structures in Monroe. Continue Reading »

Former surfer, now quadriplegic’s advice: Never give up

Published: January 17, 2015 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

ronheagy_184ALBANY, Ore. — Ron Heagy Jr. of Millersburg, Ore., used to think he had problems.

He was 17, 6-foot-2, and could bench-press 300 pounds. He was going to be a fullback for Oregon State University. He had plans for spring break that didn’t include dragging his little brother along on a surfing trip.

But here he was, stuck with a 13-year-old, so mad he shrugged off his mother’s request for a hug goodbye.

March 17, 1980. A perfect, pristine morning, the day before his 18th birthday. Heagy left his brother snoozing on the sand and headed out for what looked like the perfect wave. Continue Reading »

Hope: Two paralyzed Georgia teens take different paths on stem cell treatment

Published: January 12, 2015 | Category: News

Hannah Locke paralyzed athleteStem cell therapy holds promise for people whose conditions leave them without much hope.

But it also poses a dilemma:

Stay and wait for U.S. stem cell experiments to pan out and receive government approval, or go abroad for treatments where breakthroughs have been touted but caution is being urged.

That dilemma has played out in Northwest Georgia with two teens whose accidents left them in wheelchairs. Continue Reading »

Finding A New Normal After An Accident

Published: January 4, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

DENVER — The Colorado mountains attract people who love the outdoors. But when one Michigan man moved here last year, he was seriously injured in a mountain biking accident. Continue Reading »

Queensbury firefighter paralysed in bike crash is now helping spinal patients snorkel

Published: January 3, 2015 | Category: News

helping spinal patients snorkelA Queensbury firefighter who was paralysed in a cycling accident is now using his love of scuba diving to help other patients with spinal injuries.

Pete Lau had travelled the world scuba diving and had a passion for the outdoors, but his life changed for ever when he suffered devastating injuries when he was knocked off his bike while cycling with friends in Wensleydale in April 2014. Continue Reading »

Following devastating crash, Kyle Lamey recovers abilities step at a time

Published: December 30, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Kyle LameyWhen Kyle Lamey broke four vertebrae in a car accident, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down, he was told he would likely never be able to breathe without a ventilator.

Three years later, Lamey is not only breathing on his own, but he’s able to move his upper body and arms, and drive a car.

He says no one is able to explain why he’s been able to recover to this extent. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic swimmer leans on love to push forward

Published: December 28, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Quadriplegic leans on love to push forwardATLANTA — The following is one man’s experience, through two parallel stories.

The first story is of a swimmer named Dillon Connolly, a record-setter at Sprayberry High School in Marietta and the University of Southern California. He qualified for Olympic trials and then decided to train professionally.

Then in September, he had an accident. Continue Reading »

Murray’s Problem

Published: December 14, 2014 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Murray Blackmore-Murray’s ProblemChapter One – Scientist and Son

Murray Blackmore stood at the lectern and tried to take in the dark conference room, the men and women in wheelchairs waiting for him to wrest a little hope from science. But in his preoccupied state, the room was a blur and hope a struggle.The 39-year-old researcher took a deep breath.

An assistant professor at Marquette University, Blackmore had looked forward to addressing the symposium on spinal cord research in Boston. Work filled his daylight hours; interrupted his dreams at night. Often he would wake at 2 or 3 in the morning, pitched from sleep into the scientific puzzles of a broken spinal cord. Ideas in the midnight hours seldom bore fruit, but his mind churned through them just the same. Continue Reading »

Still Flying High

Published: November 12, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Joe Stone with fellow bikersQuadriplegic athlete is featured speaker at fundraising event for DREAM Adaptive

Joe Stone doesn’t recall much about the speed flying accident that sent him crashing at 50 miles an hour into the face of Missoula’s Mount Jumbo, putting him in a month-long coma, rendering him quadriplegic and nearly ending his life.

But more impressive than his unlikely survival was his resolve, which gripped him the instant he awoke from the dark maw of unconsciousness, to again venture forth into the mountains. Continue Reading »