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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

Quadriplegic’s inner strength wins over long lost high school crush

Published: October 4, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Joe HallThis 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.

Here goes:

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 »

The life Steve Klemz knew changed 40 years ago

Published: October 4, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Steve KlemzThe dreams always return in October, just before the anniversary.

They’re vivid. They’re graphic.

They’re always the same.

Steve Klemz is 17 again. He’s playing football. He’s playing hockey.

He’s running free. And then he’s not.

“What happens is when I run down the football field, my legs turn to rubber,” Klemz said. “If I jump over the boards and start skating, my legs turn to rubber. Continue Reading »

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen: The Next Adventure

Published: September 29, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Amy Van Dyken-RouenAn 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 »

Spinal cord injuries, C3-C4 lesion

Published: September 25, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

A chat with Chris in relation to spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed Artist Creates Works That Reflect Shooting That Injured Her

Published: September 5, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Mariam-ParéLINCOLN 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 »

Paralyzed since ’89, Bob Bell still seeks challenges

Published: August 11, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Un Moving Four WardAdventurer 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 »

Injured as undergrad, college teacher learns to cope

Published: July 26, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Bob Bell Quadreplegic ProfessorST. 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.

Bell became the third St. John’s student to graduate in a wheelchair. Continue Reading »

The Need for Speed: Quadriplegic race car driver defies conventions

Published: July 13, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Chris HrabikChris 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 »

Zina Hermez – My book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival has been published!

Published: July 12, 2014 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Zina HermezWhat 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 »

Young man introduces extreme sport to skate park

Published: July 10, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:


Spinal cord injury isn’t stopping one skater Continue Reading »