SUBSCRIBE: RSS Feed for Spinal Cord Injury Zone Email Updates Follow Spinal Cord Injury Zone on Twitter Spinal Cord Injury Zone on Facebook

Articles Tagged: Quality Of Life

Andy’s mountain chair challenge

Published: July 4, 2009 | Category: News

10446852A SEVENOAKS man is tackling Snowdon for charity less than a year after being paralysed in an accident.

Andy Adamson, 27, of Chipstead Lane, said he was lying in hospital after a mountain biking accident in the French Alps in August last year, wondering if he would ever be able to get out, let alone get back to his previously sporty life.

Now he is preparing to climb Snowdon to raise money for the Back Up Trust, a charity which supports people after they have suffered spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »

Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 27, 2009 | Category: News

9781932603774_lDemos Health is pleased to announce the publication in partnership with the Mayo Clinic of the “Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life.” This is the definitive guide for all those living with a spinal cord injury.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 27, 2009 — “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life” is an indispensable guide offering a complete picture of the road to recovery and provides specifics to move ahead with your life. Continue Reading »

Motivated Ms. Wheelchair hopes to inspire others

Published: June 19, 2009 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Ms Wheelchair Iowa-smCambridge, Ia. – Turn into their driveway, just past the alfalfa and hay field a mile south of this Story County town. Walk past her older brother’s muddy Ford F-150, up the accessible wooden ramp, and into the home where Angie Plager has lived for most of her 26 years.

“You mind if I sign a photo for you?” she says immediately, flashing her lively blue eyes as she whips out a photo and Sharpie.

Clearly, Angie is ready for visitors. She wears the same tiara and sash – emblazoned with “Ms. Wheelchair Iowa 2009” – that she’ll wear at today’s “Day at the Races” event at the Iowa Speedway. Continue Reading »

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 »