Published: December 14, 2014 | Category:FeaturedNews | Spinal Cord Injury:C-4
Chapter 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 »
Published: November 12, 2014 | Category:News | Spinal Cord Injury:C-7
Quadriplegic 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 »
Twenty-five-year-old Perla, who broke her neck in a car accident seven years ago, was the top vote getter among the 100 or so entries to appear in ‘The 7 Line’ calendar,’ an annual promotional pinup featuring attractive young women wearing Mets-inpired clothing.
Amanda Perla thought for sure her wheelchair would be an issue.
Sure, she was wearing a bright blue Mets cap and a bright blue shirt and was flashing a smile perfect enough for a toothpaste ad. Continue Reading »
Published: October 22, 2014 | Category:News | Spinal Cord Injury:C-5
Panic instantly set in when Sarah-Jane Staszak woke up in her hospital bed and found she couldn’t move.
The 40-year-old mother from Blackheath in Sydney’s Blue Mountains had gone to the Royal North Shore Hospital in November last year to relieve the pressure from a herniated disc in her back that left her with intense nerve pain in her left arm.
Mrs Staszak had damaged the disc while carrying some heavy ropes before an abseil and, after experiencing pain that she described as ‘up there with child birth,’ she signed herself up for a laminectomy – a common back surgery. Continue Reading »
This 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.
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 »
An 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 »
LINCOLN 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 »