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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

Quadriplegic mom raising twin girls faces extra hurdles

Published: March 4, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

quadriplegic mom with twinsThree years ago, she gave birth to twin girls at Hamilton’s McMaster University Medical Centre, an event so rare that her care team did not know of another similar case.

Emma Whelan wants a cuddle.

There are strangers in her house and the three-year-old needs the protection of her mother’s lap.

She scrambles up her mother’s legs, grabbing the wheelchair for support, and settles into the crook of her mom’s shoulder. Continue Reading »

Man With Quadriplegia Who Flew Solo Around Australia Says He Hasn’t Yet ‘Reached The Top’

Published: March 3, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

An Australian man who has high-level quadriplegia has learned to approach life with an incredible spirit. Continue Reading »

Wheelchair tennis helps overcome injuries

Published: March 3, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

2014 US Open Wheelchair ChampionshipSouth Charlotte pair travels the country playing in tournaments

Nick Burnham and Larry Keeter have a lot in common.

They share a south Charlotte apartment, but they also are tennis partners who travel together to compete in tournaments across the country.

They play in a wheelchair league because they also both are incomplete paraplegics, having sustained injuries that left them with spinal-cord injuries that changed their lives. Continue Reading »

‘I will fight this fight’: Highland mayor hopes to walk again after spinal-cord injury

Published: February 25, 2015 | Category: News

uKfTw.AuSt.98Highland Mayor Joe Michaelis recalls hitting each step.

“It seemed like the fall lasted forever,” Michaelis said of falling down the basement stairs of his home on Jan. 25. “When I hit the bottom of the stairs, I knew I was in deep trouble, because I had no feeling.”

Michaelis’ wife, Ethel, heard him fall and immediately called 911. The Highland Fire Department was at their house on Sunflower Drive in about five minutes. Continue Reading »

Stone’s will: Quadriplegic inspires Cayuse students

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

Joe StoneJoe Stone has used a wheelchair for four and a half years.

In that time the 29-year-old Missoula resident has become the first known quadriplegic to attempt the Ironman Triatholon, biked Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park and established the Joe Stone Foundation to help others with disabilities get active in the outdoors.

Stone shared his story with students at Cayuse Prairie School on Friday. He opened with a video of himself doing in-line skating stunts before an accident left him paralyzed. Then he showed all the falls. Continue Reading »

Program teaches paralyzed how to walk – again

Published: February 2, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

gunshot left Kyle Bartolini paralyzedAn accidental gunshot left Kyle Bartolini paralyzed as a preschooler. But today, he’s an active teenager who can get around with crutches or a walker and loves to fish, swim, kayak and play paintball.

He owes this transformation to an exercise-based therapy that teaches lost skills to broken nervous systems. Called locomotor training, it allows people with spinal cord injuries to practice standing and stepping while suspended above a treadmill. University of Louisville Neurosurgery Professor Andrea Behrman is pioneering the treatment in children in a new pediatric program. Continue Reading »

Duke student mentors others with disabilities

Published: January 28, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

jay-ruckelhausJay Ruckelshaus graduated high school confident in the future.

The Indianapolis native planned to attend Duke University in the fall of 2011 on a full merit scholarship, and hoped one day to be a politician.

But Ruckelshaus was forced to reevaluate his plans. Just weeks before he was scheduled to arrive on campus, he was involved in a diving accident that left him paralyzed from a severe spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »

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 »