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Articles Tagged: Quality Of Life

A day to share smiles and some waves

Published: June 18, 2009 | Category: News

People with limited mobility will enjoy a day of surfing at the Jersey Shore June 28 when The Life Rolls On Foundation holds its annual “They Will Surf Again” [TWSA] event at Pier Village in Long Branch.

“This is an amazing event to participate in or just watch,” event coordinator Joe Levy said. “This event is about community and lending a hand.

“It’s about sharing smiles and sharing some waves while swallowing some nice salty Jersey Shore water.”

According to the foundation’s website, TWSA is an event created for people with spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »

Researchers are developing devices that can help restore bodily movement

Published: June 17, 2009 | Category: News

Grasping a cup of coffee and raising it to the mouth is a daily ritual most people take for granted. Yet, for those who have suffered a stroke or injury to the spinal cord, the task can be impossible to perform—until now.

Researchers and clinicians at Case Western Reserve University and partnering medical centers are developing devices that can restore movements such as grasping, standing, and even bladder control in some patients. The devices retrieve information from sensors implanted in muscles a patient can still move and indicate what type of movement the patient would like to perform.

The computer then sends out electrical signals to paralyzed muscles, instructing them to contract at the right moment. Continue Reading »

Teacher starts foundation for spinal cord injuries

Published: June 16, 2009 | Category: News

Three years after suffering a life-changing neck injury, Bret Neylon, a Brownsburg teacher and coach, is starting his own foundation to help others with spinal cord injuries.

He has applied for non-profit status for his charity, The Bret Neylon Paralysis Foundation, to help others who don’t have the support he had.

Neylon suffered his injury June 17, 2006, during a bicycle race in Wilmington, Ohio. Continue Reading »

Canadians unite to help people living with spinal cord injury

Published: June 16, 2009 | Category: News

More than $1.2 million raised at Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion last Sunday with more funds to come

VANCOUVER, June 16 /CNW/ – Thousands of Canadians demonstrated how they can make a difference in the lives of others by coming together this past weekend in communities across the country in support of Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion, presented by Scotiabank. Fundraising is ongoing to June 30, but preliminary results indicate that the 7th annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion has raised more than $1.2 million. Continue Reading »

The smile his parents could not live without

Published: June 5, 2009 | Category: News

119c-smThe heart-breaking story behind the Beachy Head tragedy

With his sunny nature and joyful little face Sam Puttick would have made a heartbreaking poster boy, smiling happily into the camera in spite of his devastating physical disabilities.

For these are the touching images which were due to be unveiled to launch a major new fundraising campaign this autumn for the charity Spinal Research.

With the slogan ‘Our Future Is His Future’, the charity had chosen Sam – paralysed from the neck down in a road crash when he was 16 months old – to symbolise all they are striving to achieve. Continue Reading »

Suddenly disabled, D’Andrea invests his money in hope and ‘trust’

Published: June 3, 2009 | Category: News

513-0603hometopembeddedprod_affiliate50Stem cells, disabled access are paralyzed man’s focus

Dan D’Andrea is young enough and hopeful enough to believe that, yes, he might someday walk again.

And he’s betting a million dollars on his chances.

“I want my old quality of life back,” D’Andrea said. “I want to walk again.”

The former construction worker, paralyzed from the chest down in a 2004 construction accident, is starting the Daniel D’Andrea Charitable Trust with an eye toward the funding of promising new stem cell research into spinal cord injuries.

Of course, D’Andrea is hedging his bets a bit — and is the first to admit it –by targeting a second cause — better access for the disabled to parks and public buildings. Continue Reading »

Spinal injury victims show perseverance for life

Published: May 30, 2009 | Category: News

Taipei, May 30 (CNA) Hundreds of victims of spinal injuries demonstrated their enormous perseverance and shared their stories of overcoming adversity at a charity carnival Saturday.

The event, titled “Navigating Life — Wheelchair Experience and Charity Carnival, ” was held for the 10th consecutive year by the Taoyuan County-based non-profit Potential Development Center for Spinal Cord Sufferers, the Lin Yuh-chi Memorial Foundation of the Hung Kuo Group, the De Lin Institute of Technology and the Taiwan Jewelry Industry Association, to raise public awareness of the plight of the paralyzed. Continue Reading »

Chair challenge helps people in wheelchairs

Published: May 29, 2009 | Category: News

Rick Hansen event funds work in Stouffville

No one can fully comprehend what it’s like to live life with a spinal cord injury or be confined to a wheelchair.

Which is why Whitchurch-Stouffville is again playing host to the Rick Hansen Scotiabank Wheelchair Challenge. Continue Reading »

A life – in motion [video]

Published: May 28, 2009 | Category: Videos

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A life – in motion

Published: May 28, 2009 | Category: News

Robb DunfieldIt was the early 1980s, and Robb Dunfield, 19, was ready to celebrate the first night of summer with his friends in Vancouver’s Spanish Banks.

Looking for a high spot to watch a flotilla of tall ships in the dimming light, they climbed up to the third floor of a condo under construction, and were ready to settle into an unfinished balcony.

The two-by-four that was the railing, attached to the skeletal building by two nails, gave way as his two friends put their weight on it. Continue Reading »