It was two days after the Indianapolis 500 when Sam Schmidt answered his cellphone and was asked if he finally was home, home being Henderson and Lake Las Vegas.
No, he said. He was at a Taco Bell heading for that weekend’s IndyCar doubleheader in Detroit. He said he hadn’t been home in like forever, that of the next 33 nights or whatever, he would sleep in his own bed only four times.
That sounded like a crazy schedule, I said. Maybe I should write a story about his hectic lifestyle. Continue Reading »
Tracy Todd recently married the man of her dreams in a beautiful ceremony witnessed by friends, family and members of her community.
Tracy Todd’s life changed forever 18 years ago when an accident left her paralysed from the neck down. Tracy was but a newlywed with a 10-month old baby boy. Following the horrific accident Tracy was left to pick up the pieces and start afresh.
In a no-holds barred interview with us, Tracy revealed how she not only lost the use of her upper and lower limbs, but with unflinching honesty, also told us that she lost her career, her independence and her husband (they got divorced a year after the accident). Continue Reading »
IN THE final minutes of 2003 at a New Year’s Eve rodeo at Townsville’s Black River, Steven Elliott bucked off a bronc called Spaghetti Western and partly severed his spinal cord.
He welcomed New Year in Townsville Hospital as a quadriplegic. His C6 and C7 vertebrae had dislocated and damaged his spinal cord.
Mr Elliott, 39, is in a wheelchair, but you wouldn’t know it, hardly. The chair itself, covered with bulldust and with a dusty, oilskin-covered water bottle on the foot bar, looks more like something out of a Mad Max movie. Continue Reading »
Father William Atkinson a “tremendous witness to the rest of us”
PHILADELPHIA (ChurchMilitant.com) – The cause for canonization for the first quadriplegic man ordained a priest has received the support of U.S. bishops.
At the annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Maryland, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted unanimously to support the cause for sainthood for Pennsylvania native Fr. William Atkinson.
“The USCCB voted and unanimously agreed that his cause should move forward,” said the Rev. Anthony DiGuglielmo, vice chancellor for the archdiocese of Philadelphia. Continue Reading »
Australia’s champion wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley says from his first Paralympics, in Sydney 2000, he has heard stories about boosting – the practice among athletes with spinal cord injuries of inflicting trauma on themselves, such as breaking a toe or sitting on their scrotums, to raise their blood pressure and improve performance.
The International Paralympic Committee has announced that in the lead-up to the Rio Paralympics it will crack down on the illegal practice, which involves tricking the brain into triggering autonomic dysreflexia, which causes the body to flush with adrenaline. Continue Reading »