Published: April 13, 2014 | Category:News | Spinal Cord Injury:Paraplegia
VIRGINIA BEACH Bill Fertig struggled with beach vacations for years. A motorcycle wreck 14 years ago left him a paraplegic. On a trip to Nags Head one summer, Fertig relied on a cumbersome wheelchair that even the strongest member of his family could barely push through the sand.
Fertig stayed back at the house so he wouldn’t be a burden while everyone played near the water.
Frustration fueled his desire to invent a new, lightweight, manageable sand wheelchair. Continue Reading »
OCEAN CITY — For some of the swimmers, like Angel Mullin, they hadn’t been in the water since before their injuries. But Bruckner Chase, his wife and his sister-in-law weren’t about to let that stop them. Their swimming program for athletes with spinal cord injuries has helped several athletes like Mullin feel comfortable not only in the pool, but in the open water, too.
“I kind of had my life in a wheelchair,” Mullin said. “You get limited.
“I try to do a lot of things in my life. When stuff is not accessible, you’re not able to enjoy those things. This is like exploring the world in ways that I never really did even before my accident.” Continue Reading »
HAMPTON BEACH — As a cheering, whistling and hooting crowd watched intently, Greg Major, 49, went surfing for the first time Friday.
It took the help of four volunteers at Hampton’s North Beach to lift Major out of his camouflaged wheelchair that was outfitted with tank-like treads to navigate the beach, and more than a dozen others to help him get safely on the surfboard and catch some waves.
But he did it, thrilling the Hit the Beach volunteers and onlookers by riding more than a few waves into shore Continue Reading »
SALT LAKE CITY — Once he realized the sailboat was not going to sink, Danny Salazar took a deep breath and set about exploring East Canyon Reservoir.
Salazar’s fear of the water is understandable considering that even wearing a life jacket probably wouldn’t prevent him from drowning if the boat capsized.
Salazar can’t move his arms and legs, and he has a hard time breathing on his own. But the 29-year-old can blow and suck air through his mouth just enough to control a modified Mirage Tandem Island sailboat built by Hobie. Continue Reading »
It was a profound experience for Diane Morrell, the first time she donned mask and scuba tanks to delve under the surface of the water.
For someone who uses a wheelchair to get around, like Morrell does, diving offers, an incredible feeling of freedom.
Where you are in the water, thats under your control, and thats something people with disabilities dont often have control over, their own environment, said Morrell, who uses a wheelchair to get around. Continue Reading »
Skydiving seems like the last thing a person with a spinal cord injury should be doing, but we love to see people who defy expectations. Do you have a disability and want to jump out of a plane? No reason to let that wheelchair stop you. Continue Reading »
On Mother’s Day 2005, 24-year-old Joey Lowe of Boise, Idaho was in Iraq, buttoned up in a tank. Lowe, a U.S. Marine corporal, was the gunner on the crew of an M1-A1 Abrams in the Battle of Al Qaim, code-named Operation Matador.
On the first day of Operation Matador, Corporal Lowe’s life changed forever. Fighting to keep insurgents from crossing a bridge spanning the Euphrates River on the Syrian border, his tank rolled over a 600-pound bomb buried in the soil. The charge was remotely detonated. Continue Reading »