Short Hills, N.J. – (July 11, 2013) The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced it has awarded over $500,000 in Quality of Life Grants to 74 nonprofit organizations in the United States. Grants requests are evaluated and scored using a rigorous review process to select for funding outstanding nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. The program has awarded 2,205 grants totaling nearly $17 million since its inception in 1999. Continue Reading »
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Imagine what it would be like after a spinal cord injury.
If your legs were totally paralyzed with no active movement, how would you get out of bed? You can’t stand up, so you would put a thin piece of wood called a sliding board underneath you and use your arms to slide your body down the board into your wheelchair. What if your spinal cord injury was at the level of your neck and your hands were totally paralyzed. How would you feed yourself? You would wear a special brace attached to your wrist that would hold the fork for you. Continue Reading »
Reports of paralysed animals walking again can give unrealistic hopes to people with spinal injuries. What is more important is that they develop the skills and perspective to get on with their lives
A recent breakthrough in regenerative medicine saw paraplegic dogs regaining some function in their back legs: inevitably, the headlines talked of hope for human patients with spinal cord injury.
But the head of clinical psychology at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Professor Paul Kennedy, argues that this kind of “magic bullet” reporting can be damaging to people who are coming to terms with a life-changing injury. Continue Reading »
War veteran Adam Douglas has become a Bionic Man in his battle to recover from horrific injury.
The 43-year-old suffered horrendous spinal damage after he was blown up by a rock-propelled grenade.
He was one of the first casualties of the 2003 Iraq war and spent nine months in hospital being treated for a double back fracture and spinal cord injury.
Adam, from Fearnville, Leeds, had to use walking sticks and was unable to control his bladder or bowel.
But now a £20,000 operation to have electrodes surgically implanted into his tailbone – attached to two pace-makers hidden under skin in his lower back – has given him his dignity back. Continue Reading »
This blog is designed to help anyone newly paralyzed and permanently confined to a manual wheelchair.
While eyeglasses can be an inconvenience, they can be limiting for people like Dan Larsen, who has been paralyzed for 11 years.
Vanity, expense and convenience drive people to laser vision correction surgery. Necessity is what motivated Dan Larsen.
The 27-year-old Middletown man is paralyzed from the shoulders down. He has limited use of his arms, but no use of his hands or fingers. Continue Reading »
For Sherrod Nelson, the opportunity to play basketball again in a group setting with others has been rewarding. Nelson is one of the members of the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group who has endured a life-changing experience.
“This is a way of getting out of the house,” said Nelson, who participates on a wheelchair basketball team twice a week at the Village Multipurpose Center in Sunrise. “Most of us were very competitive when we were able-bodied, so this can fulfill some of our dreams again.”
To Nelson, something is always better than nothing. Continue Reading »
How a Capuchin monkey aids the life of a 27-year-old Concord man and his big family.
Ned Sullivan is taking it one day at a time these days. He’s living at home with his brothers and sisters, dogs, parents, and Kasey, his service monkey.
Sullivan’s mother, Ellen Rogers, spoke at the Concord Bookshop on Sunday about the journey from Ned’s horrifying car accident in Arizona to maintaining a mostly normal life with the help of Kasey who was donated to the family by Helping Hands, a Boston nonprofit. Continue Reading »
The Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Association (MSCIA) has chosen to utilize donation money from their first major event to assist a woman in Detroit, who has not been able to leave her house in over a year except by ambulance to visit her doctor. Continue Reading »