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Articles Tagged: Quality Of Life

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 »

Fundraiser hopes to raise money for those with spinal-cord injuries

Published: May 27, 2009 | Category: News

20090527_115849_on28-hal1-150Hal Hargrove Jr. had a decision to make, one that would affect him and those around him for the rest of his life.

After a devastating car accident in July 2007 that left the 17-year-old Claremont High School graduate in a wheelchair, Hargrove could either while away in bitterness and self pity or be perfect – he chose the latter.

For Hargrove, now 19, being perfect has little to do with perfection. Continue Reading »

Event gets the wheels turning

Published: May 27, 2009 | Category: News

Basketballs bounced, wheels turned and the whistle was blown for yesterday’s official kickoff of Barrie’s seventh annual Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion event.

The annual event, presented by Scotiabank, brings Canadians together to raise money and awareness to improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries.

“The goal is to bring awareness to wheels in motion and to people with disabilities,” Drew Rigden, athlete ambassador for Parasport Ontario, said yesterday in Barrie. Continue Reading »

Spinal Network – The Total Wheelchair Resource Book

Published: May 14, 2009 | Category: Information

The 4th edition of New Mobility magazine’s Spinal Network: The Total Wheelchair Resource Book, the definitive resource for anyone who uses a wheelchair is now available.

This 400-page guide provides information on health, adaptive sports and recreation, accessible travel, disability rights, relationships and sexuality, fertility and parenting, adaptive technology, spinal cord research and much more. Continue Reading »

One Degree of Separation: Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injury in the United States

Published: April 21, 2009 | Category: Information

onedegree_smchild_200x200According to a study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis — approximately 6 million people. That’s the same number of people as the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. And that number is nearly 40 percent higher than previous estimates showed.

It means that we all know someone — a brother, sister, friend, neighbor, or colleague — living with paralysis. These aren’t strangers. They are only one degree of separation from all of us. But their lives are different. They live with a condition that affects their family life, their ability to work, and their capacity to enjoy even the most routine everyday activities that others take for granted. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation wants to change that. Continue Reading »

Nonprofit to Open Florida Facility for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: April 15, 2009 | Category: News

Patient necessity in southeast US affects innovative center

SANFORD, FL – A promising new resource with a proven methodology of recovery is now available for spinal cord injury persons living throughout the southeastern United States. Step It Up Recovery Center, Inc. in Sanford, Florida is now accepting clients for an innovative, exercise-based program modeled after the successful Project Walk® Spinal Cord Injury Recovery program in Carlsbad, CA.

“Step It Up Recovery Center, Inc. has been established to help those living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) improve their daily living – and perhaps ultimately walk again – through a proven, specialized and comprehensive exercise-based program,” Continue Reading »

Inspiring Hope for Those with Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: April 14, 2009 | Category: Videos

A background on Michael-Ryan’s story, the work of his Foundation, and the mission: to build a level of awareness of and philanthropic support for those with spinal cord injuries, Continue Reading »

UNH students have Paralympic aspirations

Published: March 31, 2009 | Category: News

jj7j7tywFor Taylor Chace, it was an accident in a hockey game when he was 16; an accident that left him with a shattered lower back, a traumatic spinal cord injury that permanently affected the use of both legs.

For Jon Parker, it was an accident in a ski race during high school at Vermont’s Burke Academy that led to him losing his leg.

Ted Broderick and Josh Moran were born with it. Broderick, a congenital amputee, is missing his right forearm. Moran was born with missing a bone in his left leg and a fused right elbow, as well as being growth hormone deficient. Continue Reading »