Paralyzed on Oct. 30, 1970, from spinal cord injury during Cornell football game, 60-year-old Long Island man speaks about re-inventing his life after tragic sports injury, starting a career, marrying the woman of this dreams, making the decision to start a family, and, thanks to ground-breaking medical advances…having triplet sons!!
(PRWEB) September 27, 2010 — With football season upon us, and with the upcoming commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the traumatic sports injury that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down, Ken Kunken, a successful attorney from Long Island, is ready to tell his story of loss, inspiration, determination and love. Continue Reading »
The fact is none of us know when we may be the victim of a debilitating accident or injury. One moment we could be going through our daily routine as happy as we can be and the next moment we could be struck down with a spinal cord injury or stroke and become disabled for life. One thing we all need to remember is to never say never. It is not always the other person, sometimes it hits close to home.
I didn’t die that day. Many were told and thought I would, but many more believed I wouldn’t.
Twenty years ago today circumstances collided: a summer northeaster, rain, fog, a branch, a slippery road … and now I have been a quadriplegic and a wheelchair user for half my life.
Tragic? It seemed so as I lay completely paralyzed, hooked up to a machine to breathe, in a coma for more than a month after fracturing my skull and breaking my neck, resulting in an irreversible spinal cord injury and paralysis. Continue Reading »
Eddie Murray planted a big kiss on the side of Mike Utley’s face Monday.
From his wheelchair, Utley fought Murray off before he could deliver a second.
“I know he hates that,” Murray said, laughing. “But I love the guy.”
Murray, 53, one of the NFL’s most successful kickers ever, is still amazed, he says, with Utley’s courage and commitment. They were Lions teammates when Utley, an offensive guard, was paralyzed from the waist down in a game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Silverdome on Nov. 17, 1991. Continue Reading »