On Mother’s Day 2005, 24-year-old Joey Lowe of Boise, Idaho was in Iraq, buttoned up in a tank. Lowe, a U.S. Marine corporal, was the gunner on the crew of an M1-A1 Abrams in the Battle of Al Qaim, code-named Operation Matador.
On the first day of Operation Matador, Corporal Lowe’s life changed forever. Fighting to keep insurgents from crossing a bridge spanning the Euphrates River on the Syrian border, his tank rolled over a 600-pound bomb buried in the soil. The charge was remotely detonated. Continue Reading »
Cast for broken bone gets paralyzed woman different treatment
I remember seeing a movie years ago about a girl who is paralyzed but pretends to have a broken leg while on a skiing vacation so she can enjoy a respite from how she ordinarily is treated by society.
The movie’s underlying premise was that people treated her differently when they thought her wheelchair was a temporary fixture in her life instead of a permanent one. It wasn’t a particularly good movie (as evidenced by the fact that both the title and lead actress’ name escape me) but I recently was reminded of it when I saw a friend of mine, Shauna Petrie, a paraplegic since she was 16. Continue Reading »
This surprises some because Sullivan has had to use a wheelchair since he injured his spinal cord in a motorcycle accident 17 years ago.
“When my customers first see me they ask where my helper is,” said Sullivan. His customers ask because they, too, are in wheelchairs. Sullivan repairs wheelchairs, scooters, lifts, ramps, steering devices and does handicap vehicle conversions.
“Pretty much I can make anyone mobile,” said Sullivan. “Some of my customers are elderly or have multiple sclerosis. I know how it is to rely on a wheelchair for mobility.” Continue Reading »
Shot the breeze with Matt Hampson the other day. We talked rugby, films, football, music, books — precisely the things you would expect when bantering with an archetypal 26-year-old. We discussed Martin Johnson, his hero, debated the technique and tactics of scrummaging and pondered England’s hopes at next year’s World Cup. Continue Reading »
The serious impact of the spinal cord injury is remembered during the second week of November by Australians with the help of Josh Wood’s inspiring story.
Online PR News – 19-November-2010 – Around Australia the second week in November is a time to reflect on the serious impact of Spinal Cord injury and Aussie Quadriplegic inspiration Josh Wood is being celebrated around the world for his efforts to educate. His story has taken Jack Canfield’s team (of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame) by the heart-strings and is published in the new version of that series ‘The Well Adjusted Soul’ released in Australia this month. Continue Reading »
IT is Spinal Injuries Awareness Week. For Mackay’s Luke Simmons and his family, sending out the message of how a spinal cord injury can change a life forever is deeply personal.
Luke and his brother Scott were born five years and two months apart. They grew up camping, building bonfires and working as pastry chefs in their parents’ bakery.
Coincidentally, both their lives took a dramatic turn when they each reached the age of 23 and sustained spinal cord injuries – Scott, after a motorbike accident in 1998, and Luke, after falling into a pool at a party in 2003. Continue Reading »